Published Wednesday, 30 December 2020
Coventry is to move up into Tier 4 following a national announcement in response to growing COVID-19 cases and pressure on the NHS.
The new, stricter Tier 4 restrictions and guidance must be followed from tomorrow 31 December 2020 at 00:01 in a bid to reduce the spread of the virus and covers Coventry, the wider West Midlands and Warwickshire.
It means that from tomorrow, you cannot meet other people indoors unless you live with them, or they are part of your existing support bubble. Outdoors, you can only meet one person from another household.
The Tier 4 regulations instruct people to stay at home, which means Coventry residents must not leave or be outside of their homes, except where they have a specific purpose or a ‘reasonable excuse’.
Exceptions include work, where people cannot work from home, education and childcare, and essential activities such as shopping for food or medicine, and for exercise. Read the Government's Tier 4 guidance.
Where people are going out for valid reasons, they should try to stay local as much as possible and avoid travelling out of Coventry. Plan your journey, walk and cycle wherever possible and if using public transport try to avoid busy times and routes. Avoid car sharing with people not in the same household or support bubble.
Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “It is important residents and businesses follow the new rules and carefully consider everything they do, making sure they stay local and minimise travel wherever possible.
“The council will continue to deliver the essential services people rely on and if we all pull together and remember to follow the guidance we will get through this together.
“But what is clear is that the roll-out of the vaccine needs to be a national priority as it is critical that as many people as possible receive it as quickly as possible to bring back the normality that so many people and businesses are desperate to see.”
Liz Gaulton, Director of Public Health for Coventry City Council added: “I recognise that this announcement will be disappointing and upsetting for many residents, including some business owners.
“But we’ve been put into Tier 4 restrictions as the rate of the infection is increasing rapidly in the city and we can’t put any further pressure on the NHS. Making these sacrifices now will hopefully prevent an even larger spike of cases in January and February, keeping us all safer until we can get vaccinated.”
Tier 4 Very High coronavirus restrictions include: