Covid-19 restrictions: It’s Tier 2 for Uckfield

Uckfield and the rest of East Sussex has been placed in tier 2 when the new Covid-19 restrictions come into force at the end of the current lockdown next week.

West Sussex and Brighton and Hove are also in tier 2 (high alert).

There were fears and some suggestions in the national media that East Sussex might end up in tier 3 (very high alert) because of the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in the county.

The news that Uckfield is in tier 2 will come as a huge relief to businesses, especially pubs and restaurants.

Before the current lockdown began, Uckfield and the rest of East Sussex was in tier 1 (medium alert).

However, in the new restrictions only three places have been given that status _ the Isle of Wight, Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly.

In simple terms, tier 2 (high alert) means:

  • Ban on households mixing indoors
  • Rule of 6 applies outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants to close at 11pm with alcohol only served with substantial meal.
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons can open.
  • Cinemas can open

Full details of what is and not allowed in each of the tiers can be found on the government website [external link]

Here is our story from earlier this morning

Uckfield and surrounding communities will hear today (November 16) which restrictions will apply once the England-wide lockdown ends next Wednesday.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce which areas are in which tiers when he speaks in the House of Commons later.

Before the current lockdown began, this area was within tier 1 (medium alert), the lowest level of restrictions.

Infections have risen during lockdown

Since the current rules came into force, cases of Covid-19 have continued to rise in Uckfield, Wealden and more widely across East Sussex.

It is being generally reported this morning by the national media that most of England will enter the two toughest tiers (2 or 3).

On Monday this week we reported that cases in Uckfield and surrounding communities were rising, story here

Latest data

There were 43 cases of the Coronavirus reported yesterday (November 25) in Wealden, making a total of 259 in the past seven days. The district’s current rate per 100,000 population is 160.4.

In East Sussex as a whole there have been 757 cases in the last seven days with a rate of 136.0 per 100,000 people – a fortnight ago this figure was 66.0 per 100,000 people.

The seven-day rate for England is 218.4.

What will be banned?

In simple terms, tier 2 (high alert)

  • Bans household mixing indoors
  • Rule of 6 applies outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants to close at 11pm with alcohol only served with substantial meal. 
  • Hairdressers, beauty salons can open.
  • Cinemas can open

In tier 3

  • No household mixing indoors and outdoors 
  • Rule of 6 outdoors
  • Pubs and restaurants closed except for takeaway,
  • Hairdressers and salons open, 
  • Cinemas closed.

Full details of what is and not allowed in each of the tiers can be found on the government website [external link]

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