Surrey is to enter Tier Three, with the exception of Waverley. The new restrictions start from 00:01 on Saturday 19 December. This news comes as Surrey’s daily coronavirus positive tests hits 567 and the total number of confirmed cases in Surrey now stands at 22,820 (numbers correct 17/12/20 source: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/)
You can view a live coronavirus map here.
“The Government has taken the decision to put most of the county under further restrictions because of their much higher rates of infection. I know this will be very disappointing news for residents and businesses in our tier 3 areas, after an exceptionally difficult year.” – Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council
What are the Tier Three rules?
- You can’t mix indoors, in private gardens or in most outdoor venues, except with your household or bubble
- You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside
- Shops, gyms and personal care services can stay open
- Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must stay closed, except for delivery and takeaway
- Sports fans cannot attend events in stadiums
- Indoor entertainment venues must stay closed
- People are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas
“We need to take swift action to save lives and stop our crucial NHS services from being put under even more pressure. We all need to be extremely vigilant, including residents in Waverley, as the situation can change quickly and we want to prevent them going into tier 3 in the new year.
“With the Christmas bubbles coming up on the 23rd December, please make sure you understand and follow the guidance, to protect your loved ones and prevent even higher infection rates in the new year.
“There is hope on the horizon with the rollout of the vaccine across the county, starting with the over-80s. But it will take time and we cannot let our guard down. The coming weeks will be a challenge to us all, but it is crucial that we reduce the spread of this virus and get through the winter as safely as possible.”
Other areas also moving into Tier Three are: Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Peterborough, Portsmouth, Gosport, Havant and Hastings & Rother.
You can find more live statistics and information here: https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/details/cases?areaType=utla&areaName=Surrey