Response to new COVID three-tier alert system
Councillors at South Staffordshire Council are urging residents and businesses to help protect the district and avoid tighter restrictions by continuing to follow the national guidance put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 after a new three-tier system of COVID-19 restrictions was announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 12 October 2020.
Staffordshire is in the medium tier of the Government's three-tier system but COVID-19 cases are rising fast in South Staffordshire and residents and businesses are being urged to follow the updated restrictions as well as observe the crucial messages about the importance of handwashing, wearing face masks, maintaining social distancing and following the Rule of Six, and self-isolating when needed.
The latest data shows the district's seven-day infection rate now stands at 120.07 per 100,000 people.
Brian Edwards MBE, Leader of South Staffordshire Council, said, “We need to protect our district and avoid the additional restrictions that are already affecting places like our close neighbours Wolverhampton and Birmingham. It's challenging for everyone, but we all need to work together - failing to do so will see infection rates rise further and, inevitably, more restrictions being imposed on the district.
“There is still a long way to go and the threat of the virus has not diminished. Seeing the number of cases of COVID-19 rising in our communities over the last few weeks is very concerning and we need to act now to control the spread of the virus over these next crucial weeks and months ahead to protect our district, the vulnerable in our communities and our economy."
Dave Heywood, Chief Executive of South Staffordshire Council, reinforced this messaging with a short video message on social media to residents.
The new three-tier system of COVID-19 restrictions announced by the Prime Minister includes three tiers - ‘medium', ‘high' and ‘very high' alert levels.
Tier 1: Medium alert level - summary document listing restrictions for the tier.
This covers most of the country including Staffordshire. In this tier, current national guidance measures apply, which includes:
- Follow the Rule of Six.
- Work from home if you can.
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Wear a face covering when you need to and in shops and on public transport.
- Keep a safe social distance.
- The closing of hospitality venues at 10pm.
Tier 2: High alert level - summary document listing restrictions for the tier.
This is for areas with a higher level of infections and includes areas in the West Midlands including Wolverhampton, Walsall, Sandwell, Solihull and Birmingham. People must not meet with anyone outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting. The Rule of Six applies outdoors.
Tier 3: Very high alert level - summary document listing restrictions for the tier.
This is for areas with very high level of infections. Pubs and bars must close, and additional measures are determined in consultation with local authorities.
Retail, schools and universities remain open.
Test and Trace: You must stay in and book a test at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus if you have symptoms. If positive you must stay in for 10 days. Anybody who you have been in close contact with must self-isolate for 14 days.
For more information, visit: www.sstaffs.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can read more here about the Prime Minister's announcement about the new lockdown rules for England and introduction of a new three-tier alert system
To find out the local COVID restrictions for your area, visit the BBC website and type in your postcode