Friday , November 27 2020

What could Tier 3 look like for the Grimsby and Scunthorpe area if we get toughest measures

New harder tiers for England are expected to be announced by Boris Johnson.

The new measures will be introduced when the country comes out of lockdown on December 2.

The First Minister is unlikely to confirm in which area the tier will be until later in the week but due to the high infection rate across north Lincolnshire, the region could be placed in Tier 3.

The Government has previously said that the tier system will be streamlined and the same restrictions will cover the whole regions rather than on a town or city basis.

And the latest rates show a hige level of infections around north Lincolnshire although there are indications that transmission may be slowing down, particularly in North East Lincolnshire.

North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire and East Lindsey remain in the top 20 in England for Covid-19 infections, with the latter now having the third highest incidence rate in the country.

Data calculated by PA news agency based on Public Health England data released Friday shows that the incidence rate per 100,000 population in East Lindsey is now 572.2, up from 425.5 the previous week. Nearby Hull remains the worst hit area in the country with a rate of 699.4 per 100,000.

Meanwhile, North Lincolnshire’s incidence rate is 466.6, up from 377.8, while North East Lincolnshire has dropped from 593.5 to 479.4.

Just before the national lock-up, North and North East Lincolnshire was placed in Tier 2 with Lindsey East remaining in Tier 1. With that potentially changing, there are a number of potential differences from what we had in the run-up to closure.

But what do Tier 3 restrictions look like?

Tier 3 measures have already been implemented in large parts of Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire went to Tier 3 weeks before it was locked up and West Yorkshire was due to be placed in Tier 3 but was canceled as the whole country was locked up.

Here’s what to expect, based on what was previously planned for West Yorkshire. But the rules at Grimsby and Scunthorpe could be even tougher this time.

Meet friends and family

  • You must not meet socially with friends and family inside at any location unless they are part of their home or support bubble – this includes private and indoor homes in hospitality settings, such as pubs. It is not yet known whether the rules on meeting will be relaxed on Christmas day in areas with the toughest restrictions

  • You can still see friends and family in groups of six or less that you don’t live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in some outdoor public spaces, such as a park, allotments, beach, woods, countryside or ‘ the garden public

  • You must not meet people outside their home or support a bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues

  • You should not visit friends or family in care homes, except in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should limit visits to these circumstances

Pubs, restaurants and bars

  • Pubs and bars must close unless they function as restaurants and alcohol can only be served as part of a substantial meal. A ‘substantial meal’ is defined as a ‘main lunch or evening meal’ or main course, so crisp packets and plates of chips do not count

  • Pubs without their own kitchens are allowed to work with outside catering companies to provide meals. Such as food vendors in their pub car parks

  • Pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality venues that remain open must close by 10pm. It was suggested that under the new rules this will be extended to 11pm


  • People should try to avoid traveling outside the Tier 3 area they are in, or going into the Tier 3 area, other than things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are being transported

  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK

Weddings and funerals

  • Wedding receptions are not allowed, but couples can get married with a maximum of 15 people at the ceremony

  • Up to 30 people can attend funerals and 15 can attend wake-ups and other commemorative events

What will remain open?

  • Schools, universities will remain open although a move to more online provision is encouraged

  • Places of worship are open but this is subject to collection limits

  • Hairdressers and beauty salons can remain open

  • Shisha bars may remain open, but must not serve Shisha. They can still function as cafes

  • Gymnasiums can open, but there is guidance against indoor exercise classes. Organized exercise and sports classes can be held outdoors subject to risk assessments and compliance with Covid safe guidelines

  • Libraries and museums can remain open

  • Retail can remain open

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