Today the government has announced that when the national lockdown measures end on 2 December the BCP Council and Dorset Council areas will be in tier 2.
For residents this means we can only mix with our own households or support bubbles indoors but, can meet with up to six people outdoors.
Sam Crowe Director of Public Health for Dorset and BCP Councils said:
“These measures are designed to help us bring infection and transmission rates down as quickly as possible. Over the last few months, we have seen rising cases where household mixing has led to more positive cases of COVID-19.
“To help stop the spread we need everyone to do their bit and limiting social mixing is one of the most effective way to this.”
Throughout the pandemic public services in Dorset have worked together to tackle COVID-19 across the county. Members of the Dorset Local Resilience Forum will continue working together to drive down rates so we can look to ease restrictions as soon as possible.
Cllr Nicola Greene, cabinet member for covid resilience and public health said:
“We are disappointed to be placed in tier two, given the continuing fall in infection rates in our area, thanks to the positive behaviours of local people, who have been diligently following the rules and helping to control the virus. We must continue to do so, though, now and from 2 December, as this will give us hope of moving down a tier as soon as we can. This is vital to protect our older relatives, and increase the changes of a more flexible ‘normal’ in the near future.”
Cllr Spencer Flower, Leader of Dorset Council, said:
“I am disappointed that the Dorset Council area will be in Tier 2 following the end of national restrictions on Wednesday 2 December. The rate of COVID infection here is falling and is one of the lowest in the country. The people of Dorset have worked hard and made sacrifices to comply with COVID restrictions over many months. As a result, the number of COVID cases here has been relatively low. However, I am optimistic that by continuing to observe measures to reduce spread of the virus we can return to Tier 1 when the Government conducts its review on 16 December. Once again, thank you for everything everyone is doing to stop the spread of the virus.”
If you have downloaded the NHS COVID-19 app you can use the postcode checker to see the restrictions for that area.
The new rules come into effect on Wednesday 2 December.