THE level of coronavirus restrictions in place in Windsor and Maidenhead under the new tier system has been confirmed.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the three-tier system to MPs yesterday (Monday) and it will come into effect on Wednesday.
The government has said Windsor and Maidenhead will be in tier one at ‘medium’ alert level, the lowest of the three tiers with the least tightest restrictions.
This means the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead will only have to follow national measures despite a dramatic rise of cases in the borough – which is 104.3 cases per 100,000 from October 3 – 9, according to the BBC.
The leader of the Royal Borough, councillor Andrew Johnson, recently warned “tighter restrictions” may need to be enforced in the future if cases continue to rise within the borough.
The following applies to tier one:
- 10pm curfew for pubs, bars, and restaurants
- Rule of Six – gathering of more than six banned except for under certain circumstances such as weddings and funerals
What would happen if the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead moved up a level?
Tier two or ‘high alert’ means:
Household mixing is banned indoors, although support bubbles will still be permitted, while the rule of six will continue to apply outdoors
According to the Prime Minister, most areas which are already subject to local restrictions have been moved to this level.
The areas in this level are:
– Cheshire West and Chester
– Cheshire East
– High Peak – the wards of: Tintwistle, Padfield, Dinting, St John’s, Old Glossop, Whitfield, Simmondley, Gamesley, Howard Town, Hadfield South and Hadfield North
– Blackburn with Darwen
– South Tyneside
– North Tyneside
– Redcar and Cleveland
– Oadby and Wigston
– Nottingham City
What if the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead reached tier three – the ‘very high alert’ level?
- No households mixing indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens
- Pubs and bars must close
- Restaurants, and pubs that can serve ‘substantive’ meals, can remain open
- Local politicians will decide if gyms, betting shops, casinos, hairdressers and beauty salons should close
- Travel outside area advised against
Areas in Tier 3:
Currently just the Liverpool City Region, where local leaders have decided gyms, leisure centres, betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres must close.
This area includes: