What are the restrictions in Tier Four?
- Residents should stay at home, unless they have a “reasonable excuse” such as work or education
- All non-essential shops must close
- Hairdressers and nail bars must close
- Indoor entertainment venues must close
- Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close
- You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
- People should not leave tier four areas or travel abroad, except for limited reasons (including work and education)
- Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are only allowed in exceptional circumstances
“Clinically extremely vulnerable” people in tier four areas are advised to stay at home “as much as possible”. The government says if they can’t work from home, they shouldn’t go to work.
What can you do in tier four?
Activities still allowed include:
- Meeting one other person from another household in an open public space, if you are both alone
- Shopping for essentials such as food and medicine
- Outdoor pools, playgrounds, sports courts, golf courses and horse riding centres can open
- You can leave home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies
- Communal religious worship
- Support bubbles are still allowed and children can move between separated parents
Gloucestershire will move to Tier 3 – Very High Alert from Boxing Day, 26th December. An overview of what you can and cannot do can be found on the poster below.
Message from Gloucestershire County Council
In light of the recent announcement from the Prime Minister, Gloucestershire County Council wanted to remind you of the restrictions that are now in place in order to keep COVID rates down in Gloucestershire. We need to do everything we can to keep our family, friends, and colleagues safe, as well as protecting the NHS.
Tier 2 Restrictions
- you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space
- you should not travel between tiers, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside of your local area
- businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
For an extensive list of restrictions please visit the COVID advice page on our website.
On 25 December Christmas Day only, you are able to form a Christmas bubble should you wish to do so. The rules on forming and using a Christmas bubble will be the law. If you choose to form a bubble:
- keep your Christmas bubble as small as possible – two other households is a maximum, not a target
- do not join a Christmas bubble with anyone from a Tier 4 area
- stop all unnecessary social contact outside your immediate household as soon as possible and for at least five days before you meet other households in your bubble
- only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
- only see your bubble on Christmas Day – do not stay overnight and keep your visits as short as possible
- stay local where possible. Avoid travelling from a high prevalence to a low prevalence area
- only meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier you live in (unless coming from a lower to a higher tier) and do not meet socially with friends and family that you do not live with in your home or garden unless they are part of your Christmas bubble
You can find more information on making a Christmas bubble with friends and family on the Government website.
A message from Gloucestershire farmer and Cotswold Farm Park owner, Adam Henson, on how important it is that we follow Government guidelines:
You can view the full video on our Facebook profile.
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We hope you have an enjoyable festive break, and we look forward to a brighter 2021.
An important part of minimising and managing any future spread of Covid-19 is the speed at which people can be tested and isolation measures put in place, should an outbreak occur. If you have Covid symptoms you will need to book a test.
The mobile testing unit is now available at many locations across the county. Click on this link to find the mobile testing unit locations between now and 10th January. To book a test with the NHS click here.
We’ve been contacted by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) about a funded research project based at the University of Southampton. They are looking to recruit members of the public to take part in a large international survey on the preventative behaviours people are taking to avoid catching COVID-19 and the long-term effect of those that have suffered from COVID-19 during the pandemic.
Help us to better understand COVID-19
Have you changed your day-to-day life to prevent you, or a loved one, from catching the Coronavirus? If so, we would like to know how and if you think your actions worked.
Have you become ill with Coronavirus or Coronavirus-like symptoms since the pandemic started? If so, we would like to know the treatments you have tried and if you think they helped.
To help beat COVID-19, take part in a survey by the University of Southampton please click here: www.rtocovid19.com
To thank you for your participation between now and March 2021 we are awarding over 60 vouchers (ranging from £5 to £500) as prizes to be won. See the survey for further details.