County Durham to enter Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions from December 2nd
It has now been confirmed the North East, including Tees Valley, will enter Tier 3 of COVID-19 restrictions on Wednesday 2nd December 2020. These restrictions are to be reviewed on a fortnightly basis by the government, so County Durham will remain in Tier 3 until at least Wednesday 16th December 2020.
This means bars, cafes and restaurants will remain shut except for takeaway services, and that households cannot mix except in public places outdoors:
- All shops can stay open
- You can meet with others in public outdoor places, such as beaches or parks, but only in groups of up to six people
- You 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 in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- You should maintain social distancing from anyone not in your household or support bubble
- People can't stay overnight somewhere outside of their local area unless needed for work, education or similar
- Accommodation will be closed in these areas except for specific reasons
- Pubs, cafes and restaurants must close except for takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
- You should work from home where possible
- Businesses such as hair, beauty and nail salons can stay open
- People are advised against travelling out of their area
- You should still wear a face covering
- Public buildings such as libraries can open
- Up to 15 people can attend a wedding ceremony or civil partnership but no reception is allowed
- Up to 30 people can attend someone’s funeral and up to 15 people can attend someone’s wake
- Gyms, pools, and leisure facilities can open
These restrictions are designed to protect the most vulnerable among us, drive down infection rates, and allow us to move into a less strict set of measures. Please see the official statement from Durham County Council here.