What covid-19 tier is Chichester in? All you need to know

Here’s all you need to know about the government’s new local lockdown system – and how Chichester is affected.

The district is currently categorised as medium (Tier 1) – with the least strict restrictions in place.

This story was originally published on October 20, 2020. For the latest news, as of November 26, click here.

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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases for the district currently stands at 499 (as of October 19).

covid-19 testing site. Sarah Standing (151020-7925)

There were 50 new cases recorded in the latest week 10 Oct - 16 Oct – giving the district a rate of 41 cases per 100,000 people.

This is more than half the average rate across England, which currently stands at 96 cases per 100,000 people.

Here are the rules the Chichester public have been told to follow as part of Tier 1:

• The Rule of Six, meaning you must not meet in a group of more than six people indoors or outdoors. This includes children of any age.

• Everyone must follow social distancing guidelines.

• Businesses must follow covid guidelines, with pubs and restaurants required to close by 10pm.

• Certain businesses and venues are required to collect customer, visitor and staff data to support NHS Test and Trace.

• Customers and staff must wear facial coverings inside - but these can be removed when seated to eat or drink.

• If you can work from home you should do so over the winter.

• Self-isolate if you have symptoms of coronavirus (high temperature, new continuous cough, or loss or change of smell or taste) and get a test as soon as you can.

Tightened lockdown rules in England have seen the country divided into a new three-tier local lockdown system, based on current Covid-19 infection rates.

Areas have been categorised as ‘medium’ (Tier 1), ‘high’ (Tier 2) and ‘very high’ (Tier 3) in accordance with the number of Covid-19 cases, with those in the highest tier facing the toughest restrictions.

The new system has introduced stricter limits on social gatherings and household mixing, while pubs and bars in tier 3 have been forced to close – unless they can operate as a restaurant.

Areas that have a ‘medium’ Covid alert level (Tier 1) have the least restrictive rules in place, with residents required to continue following the national restrictions, including the rule of six and the 10pm curfew.

However, those who live in ‘high’ and ‘very high’ alert areas are subject to more limiting rules, including in regard to travel and holidays.

Most of the country is in Tier 1, with London, Manchester, York, Birmingham, Durham and parts of Essex among the places in Tier 2.

Liverpool is currently considered ‘Very High’ at Tier 3, and is joined by neighbouring areas such as Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn and Burnley.