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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.

Council Launches Consultation on Budget for the Future

Gloucestershire County Council has launched a public consultation on its draft budget for 2021/22, and is calling on all stakeholders to have their say on the proposals.

The plans, which total more than £480 million of spending, include additional investment in key areas like children’s services, highways and tackling the climate emergency, as well as planning for the Council’s continued response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The consultation runs until 5pm on 15 January 2021, and stakeholders across the country including residents, businesses and key partner organisations are being asked to give their views on the proposals.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Mark Hawthorne, said: “We’re proposing a budget that we believe strikes the right balance between investing where it is needed in the here and now, and planning for Gloucestershire’s future. It puts protecting jobs and protecting our environment at its core, and keeps Council Tax levels among the lowest in the country. But we want to know what you think. The decisions the County Council makes will have an impact on all those who live and work here, so your feedback is vital to help shape these plans”.

Some of the council’s key investments planned for next year include:

·       £1m to make new school buildings carbon neutral
·       £9.2m for a new special school
·       £15m for the new secondary school in Cheltenham
·       £11m  for a new primary school in Bishops Cleeve
·       £8.1m for improvements to the condition of school buildings and facilities across the county
·       A further £4.9m towards delivery of the Gloucester South West Bypass
·       £3m towards the £11.6m Cheltenham to Gloucester cycle route
·       £11.3m towards M5 J10
·       £2.7m investment in new and improved life-saving equipment for GFRS firefighters 
·       £1.8m to ensure delivering Broadband across the county

To find out more about the budget proposals, and to fill out the survey, go to www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/budget2021-22. Alternatively, paper copies can be requested from our customer services team, via customerservices@gloucestershire.gov.uk.

New Whiteway Car Park in Cirencester Free of Charge to the Public for Seven Days over Christmas and New Year

Cotswold District Council is opening the new Whiteway Car Park in Cirencester free of charge to the public for seven days over Christmas and New Year.
The car park will be free to use from 7am-7pm between Monday 21 December and Thursday 24 December and between Tuesday 29 December to Thursday 31 December. Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays are reserved for use by Cirencester Rugby Club.

The Whiteway car park will be free to all users to provide additional parking on these busy shopping days. 

From 4 January 2021 the car park will be for permit holders only. 

Construction works at Cirencester Rugby Club will be completed on 19 December to deliver the new permit-holders car park. The Whiteway car park provides an additional 158 parking spaces, including three disabled bays, five motorcycle bays and four electric vehicle bays with fast charging points. 
Cllr Mike Evemy, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “It’s great to see this development completed. We hope that this offer of free parking will help people coming to Cirencester in the busy next couple of weeks.

“In the new year, this car park will provide season ticket holders with dedicated parking spaces and free up spaces in the centre of Cirencester for visitors and shoppers.”
The project to develop the Whiteway car park site at Cirencester Rugby Club began in February and works were halted by the pandemic for two months to ensure the workforce was protected and could be completed safely.  

The Council has entered into a 10-year lease agreement with Cirencester Rugby Club. This arrangement will see the Council operate the site for permit-holder parking from Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays) and the Rugby Club will use it at weekends.

If you are a permit holder in Cirencester and would like to relocate to the Whiteway car park, please contact our parking team by emailing parking@cotswold.gov.uk.

For more information about parking permits and charges or to apply for a season ticket, visit: www.cotswold.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-visitors/parking-permits-and-charges/