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Kent heads into Tier 3: Very High Alert

National COVID-19 Alert banner 5th November - 2nd December

From Wednesday 2nd December the Government's Tier 3 local restrictions will apply across Kent, and in other areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections. In summary, the tighter restrictions in place from 2nd December state that:

'you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.'

'you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the 'rule of 6'.

'hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.'

'accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training and indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.'

Public Health England data (20th November) shows Ashford at the low end of Tier 3 in terms of the number of weekly cases per 100,000 population. Whereas neighbouring Swale has the highest case rate of any district in England.

The Government will announce the arrangements for the Christmas period shortly. For further information please see Local restriction tiers: what you need to know.

Posted: Thu, 26 Nov 2020 21:00 by Parish Admin

Tags: Ashford, COVID-19, Case Rate, Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health England, Swale, Tier 3