On Wednesday 2nd December, the restrictions in place throughout the second national lockdown are replaced by a revised tiers system.
Birmingham has been placed in Tier 3 – Very High Alert. This tier is assigned to areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place.
A summary of the new guidelines for our area can be read here and more detailed guidelines can be found here, and the Birmingham City Council weekly coronavirus update issued on 27 November can be viewed here. You can check the tier and guidelines for any area with the BBC’s postcode checker.
The new guidelines for Birmingham include that we must not meet socially indoors, or in most outdoor places, with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble: this includes private gardens, and most outdoor venues. A group of up to 6 people can meet in some outdoor public spaces, including parks.
Birmingham City Council’s COVID Dashboard for the week 21st-27th November can be read here. The rate of cases and percentage of positive tests have decreased again when compared to the previous week. Rates of cases are currently highest in the 30-64 yr age groups, with increasing numbers of clusters linked to workplaces over the last two weeks.
Dr. Justin Varney, Director of Public Health for Birmingham City Council asks us all to take care to follow the new restrictions in order to lower the numbers of infection in our area, and to save lives. Continue to ‘wash hands, cover face, make space’.
The tier level for each area will be reviewed every two weeks, with the first review due 16th December. We will continue to include updated details of the guidelines for our area in upcoming newsletters.