Reasons why Derby and Derbyshire put in Tier 3 revealed

The reasons why Derby and Derbyshire have been put into Tier 3 by the Government have been revealed.

Concerns over the “very high” number of Covid-19 cases, particularly in people over the age of 60, played a part in the decision.

In addition to this, worries about the amount of pressure being put on the NHS in the county also informed the decision to put it under the most restrictive measures.

Derbyshire, as well as large parts of the East Midlands, will be put into Tier 3 when lockdown ends on December 2.

The tier each local area has been placed in is set to be reviewed by the Government every two weeks – with the first on December 16.

The reasoning behind the decision was revealed on Twitter by Lilian Greenwood, the MP for Nottingham South.

Referring to the situation in Nottingham, she wrote: “Update from the meeting with Health Minister, Jo Churchill, and Public Health England earlier: yes your efforts have brought cases down across all age groups but concerned that releasing too early while case rates still high = potential for rapid spread.”

The Labour MP then went on to share an image of a document purporting to be an explanation from the Health Secretary about why he made the decision.

In the document, which splits the East Midlands into it’s ceremonial counties and city regions, it details why each area has been placed in a specific tier.

For Derby and Derbyshire it states: “There has been an improvement in this area, but case rates remain very high at 275 per 100,000 and in those over 60 it is 220 per 100,000.

“The pressure on the local NHS remains high.”

The document also shows similar reasoning was used to inform the decision to place Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in Tier 3 as well.

All of these areas also have more infection rates of more than 200 per 100,000 people.

Meanwhile, it states that Northamptonshire and Rutland both have lower rates than this, and as a result have been placed in Tier 2.

In this tier hospitality settings in the county, including pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants., will not be allowed to serve the public on their premises when for at least an extra fortnight.

The new rules also mean people must not meet socially indoors with people they do not live with, unless they are in a support bubble.

This extends to private gardens, while people should not congregate in groups of more than six in parks or any other outside setting.

The news has angered many local people and business owners, with pub owners decrying the move as “killing the industry”.

Meanwhile public health officials, MPs and councillors in Derbyshire urged people to abide by the new restrictions when they come into force in an effort to drive infection rates down.

Courtesy of Derbyshire Live – Derby News