Gloucestershire in Tier 4 From 31st December

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

2020 is Nearly Over, But COVID Isn’t

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.

Christmas Bubbles

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:

Video screenshot of Adam Henderson talking in front of Christmas tree

You can view the full video on our Facebook profile.

Your county needs you – please help spread the message, not the virus!

Please help us keep people across Gloucestershire safe and informed by following us on social media (InstagramFacebookTwitter) and sharing our updates with those that you are linked with. 

We hope you have an enjoyable festive break, and we look forward to a brighter 2021.

Covid-19 Mobile Testing Stations in Gloucestershire

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.

NIHR Research Project about Preventing and Treating Covid-19

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.

Discretionary Support Grant for Locked-Down Businesses

A new scheme to support local businesses affected by the national lockdown (5 Nov-2 Dec) is set to go live from 9am on Monday (30th November).
The Additional Restrictions Grant is the second business support scheme to be launched this month, following an earlier mandatory grant.

This new discretionary scheme – which is funded by the government but administered by Cotswold District Council – is aimed at smaller businesses that might not have qualified for the initial grant.

An online form on the council’s website will guide applicants through a series of questions that will help assess if they qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant. Applications will then be verified against Government criteria and if successful, payments will be made.

To qualify for the Additional Restrictions Grant a business must:

  • Have been trading prior to restrictions coming into force on 5 November 2020
  • Have been instructed to close by national restrictions and not liable to pay business rates
  • Have been severely impacted by national restrictions, regardless of whether the business is liable to pay business rates, have high fixed property costs and fall within one of the following categories:

o   Regular market traders with fixed building costs, such as rent and who do not have their own business rate assessment
o   Bed and Breakfast establishments which pay council tax instead of business rates
o   Charity properties which do not have their own business rate assessment
o   Businesses that supply goods or services to the retail, hospitality, leisure and events sector who do or do not have their own business rate assessment, or where permitted to continue to trade, the business has been severely impacted by the closure of the retail, hospitality, leisure and event sectors (These will include those businesses with or without a business rate assessment)
o   Travel companies or those transport providers who have been severely impacted by restrictions
o   Small businesses in shared office or other flexible workspaces which do not have their own business rate assessment and have been severely impacted
o   Those working from home who are not eligible for the self-employed income support scheme (SEISS), or coronavirus job retention scheme (CJRS) and have high fixed business costs such as rent, lease, hire purchase costs, franchise payments or other costs that would not be saved by not trading.

Details on how to apply for the grant will be available here.

Welcoming the launch of the scheme, Cllr Tony Dale, Cabinet Member for Economy and Skills at Cotswold District Council, said: “This Additional Restrictions Grant is aimed at smaller businesses that might not have qualified for the mandatory scheme. It is equally important that we give them the financial support they need to help them through this unprecedented difficulty.  We launched the mandatory scheme two weeks ago and that has been very successful in getting money straight to eligible businesses. Once again we are keeping the application process as simple as we can so that we can verify applications swiftly and make payments as soon as possible.”