Bristol will be moving from Tier 3 ‘Very High’ to Tier 2 ‘High’ from Saturday 19 December – the government announced today.
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees thanked residents for helping to bring the city’s rate of infection down and welcomed the easing of restrictions which will allow some businesses – especially the hospitality sector – to reopen its doors.
But he urged people to exercise caution over the coming weeks and follow the guidelines to prevent another rise of infections in the new year.
He said: “Infection rates are lower than they were but COVID-19 is still spreading in Bristol and we must continue to protect each other.
“This Christmas and New Year will look very different to last year, but if we all continue doing the best we can to follow guidelines, we can be hopeful of a return to the things we love next year.”
The mayor warned the city needs to be vigilant and continue to act responsibly – as a move back to Tier 3 would be “devastating” for the hospitality sector and businesses currently excluded by government grants – as well as those who were self-employed or on lower incomes.
The new Tier 2 restrictions include:
- Do not meet socially indoors with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes inside pubs and restaurants.
- The rule of six will apply outdoors.
- Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
- Alcohol only served as part of substantial meal.
- Hospitality and indoor entertainment venues will close at 11pm.
The move into Tier 2 will come into effect at a minute past midnight on 19 December.
The next tier review will take place on Wednesday 30 December, with any changes coming into effect in early January.
Further information on the Tier guidance can be found on the Government website.
Knowle West Alliance has produced some posters reminding local residents to be cautious over the Christmas season to avoid rates rising in the area. Look out for Noel West says… in your local shops and on social media.