Derby and Derbyshire are placed in tier two restrictions

Derby is to move into high tier two lockdown restrictions from just after midnight on Saturday, together with several areas in the rest of the county.

The announcement has been made by the Department for Health and Social Care, which said the he rate of COVID-19 infections is “rising rapidly across the UK”.

The city will move into Tier Two along with Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, South Derbyshire and the whole of High Peak and affects about a million people across the county.

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This means that for these areas, the following measures will be in place:

* people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

* people must not meet in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other space; and

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* people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

These measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.

In Derby City, weekly case rates stand at 288 people per 100,000. This increases to 359 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 200 per 100,000 in the over 60s

In Amber Valley, weekly case rates stand at 250 people per 100,000. This increases to 560 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 199 per 100,000 in the over 60s

In Bolsover, weekly case rates stand at 293 people per 100,000. This increases to 542 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 193 per 100,000 in the over 60s

In Derbyshire Dales, weekly case rates stand at 170 people per 100,000. This increases to 586 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 112 per 100,000 in the over 60s

In South Derbyshire, weekly case rates stand at 293 people per 100,000. This increases to 633 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 128 per 100,000 in the over 60s.

Matt Hancock, health and social care secretary said: “We continue to see a worrying rise in cases right across the country, and it is clear decisive action is needed.

“We have agreed with local leaders to move more areas into the high local Covid alert level this week.

“These restrictions are challenging for us all, but it is only by working together and following the rules that we will bring down the rates of infection. A failure to act now will only lead to longer disruption and greater economic damage.

“I want to thank everyone who is playing their part to break the chains of transmission across the country. We will beat this virus, but we must stick together as we enter the winter months.”

Erewash, Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire were already at tier two.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News