From 00.01 on 31 December, the New Forest will join the rest of the Hampshire County Council local authority area in Tier 4 (Stay at Home).
This follows today’s Government announcement of a further tightening of COVID-19 restrictions to help curb the spread of the variant of coronavirus in some parts of the country.
Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council and Chair of the Local Outbreak Engagement Board, said: “Central Government has confirmed that the whole of our local authority area will be under COVID-19 Tier 4 restrictions, from 31 December.”
“This comes as no surprise following a surge of cases across Hampshire and its surrounding local authority areas and is a reflection of the seriousness of the situation.
I cannot stress enough how important it is to heed the Government’s advice to stay at home, particularly those who are elderly or clinically extremely vulnerable, and to limit travel to essential journeys only.”
“While I fully understand that people may be fed up with the restrictions being imposed on our everyday lives, it’s crucial that we get transmission rates down.
We must continue to work together, follow the rules for our Tier and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities, Positively, the vaccine is now rolling out offering vital protection to the most vulnerable – bringing us hope for a healthier and happier spring.”
The key restrictions for Tier 4 require:
- Residents to stay at home, apart from limited exemptions set out in law
- Non-essential retail, indoor gyms and leisure facilities, and personal care services to close
- People to work from home if they can but they may travel to work if this is not possible, for example in the construction and manufacturing sectors
- Those who are ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ are advised to stay at home at all times, unless for exercise or medical appointments, and not to attend work, even if they are unable to work from home
- People not to enter or leave Tier 4 areas, and Tier 4 residents must not stay overnight away from home. Individuals can only meet one person from another household in an outdoor public space.