Newcastle-under-Lyme in the Medium Tier
Residents and businesses are being called on to redouble their efforts against Covid-19, after a new three tier system of Covid-19 restrictions was announced.
The three tiers of “medium, “high” and “very high” will see restrictions tighten with each tier. Only the city of Liverpool is currently classed as “very high” with pubs, gyms and leisure centres closing from Wednesday. Staffordshire is in the “medium” tier.
Simon Tagg, the Leader of Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council said today: “Covid-19 numbers are rising everywhere, including in Newcastle and other parts of Staffordshire.
“We can see that other parts of the country are being put under greater restrictions and we want to avoid that here so we’re asking everyone to redouble their efforts to help keep Staffordshire’s residents and businesses safe.
“Controlling the numbers by sticking to the rules is now in our own hands.”
While Staffordshire as a whole remains below the national rate, Newcastle-under-Lyme is running at a rate of 146 per 100,000 population, above England’s rate of 141.1, the West Midlands rate of 109.8 and Staffordshire’s rate of 104.8.
This is in part due to an outbreak among Keele University students and staff, which has seen almost 70 people test positive in the last couple of weeks.
As Staffordshire is in the “medium” tier this means no extra county-wide guidance is in place.
The national guidance for the Medium Tier includes:
· Wash your hands regularly and keep your 2m distance at all times.
· Limit your contact with friends and family - if you do need to meet up, limit this to no more than six from multiple households. There are exceptions -for example if your household or support bubble is larger than six
· Work from home if possible.
· Face coverings must be worn in shops and on public transport.
Schools, nurseries and universities are open but pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm.
Test and Trace: If you have symptoms you must stay in and book a test at: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
Do not go out if you have symptoms, have had a test and are waiting for the results.
If positive you must stay in for 10 days.
Anybody who you have been in close contact with must self-isolate for 14 days.
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