Tier four – Stay at Home – Protect the NHS – Save Lives

19 December 2020

An important message from Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of Brent Council:

Earlier this evening, the Prime Minister announced that Brent, along with the rest of London and the parts of the South East in tier three, will move into tougher tier 4 restrictions starting from Sunday (Dec 20) morning. 

The Prime Minister explained that the new Coronavirus strain appears to be spreading more rapidly in London and the South East than would be expected given the tough tier 3 restrictions already in place. Early analysis suggests that whilst there is no evidence that the new strain causes more severe illness or higher death rates it does appear to be passed on more easily and could increase the R by 0.4 or more, and it may be up to 70 percent more transmissible. 

With this in mind, the government has set out their new tier 4 restrictions as follows:

  • Residents in tier four areas must stay at home – except where exempt by law
  • All non-essential retail shops, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, beauty and personal care services must close
  • People must work from home if they can, but may travel to work if they can’t i.e. construction and manufacturing sectors
  • People should not enter or leave tier four areas
  • Tier four residents must not stay overnight away from home
  • People can only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space
  • Communal worship can continue to take place in tier four areas

New advice on travel was also issued, which states that:

  • People in all tiers are being asked to stay local
  • People in all tiers should carefully consider if they need to travel abroad and should follow the rules in their tier
  • People in tier 4 areas are not permitted to travel abroad apart for limited exceptions for work purposes

And finally, major changes have also been made to the ‘Christmas Bubble’ plans:

  • People in tier 4 cannot mix indoors with anyone outside of their own household
  • People in other tiers can mix indoors with up to three households on one day only
  • Support bubbles for people in very vulnerable households are still permitted

This is a very fast moving and challenging situation and the latest announcement is likely to be disappointing news. However COVID is not taking December off and this new strain does appear to be spreading more easily so we all need to do our bit to protect each other. Please do not give anyone you love COVID this Christmas and do get the free tests that are now widely available in Brent.

Please do Stay at Home – Protect the NHS – and Save Lives.

Cllr Muhammed Butt

Leader, Brent Council

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