New restrictions announced for Charnwood following rise in Covid-19 cases

Additional restrictions have been announced today for Charnwood in response to a continued high number of coronavirus cases in the borough.

From 00:01am on Saturday morning, October 31, Charnwood will be placed in the Tier 2 (high) Covid alert level category.

Under the new restrictions, people must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting – including homes, pubs and restaurants – unless they live with them or have formed a support bubble with them.

Latest data published by Leicestershire County Council shows Charnwood’s rate of 439 cases for every 100,000 people is significantly above the national average of 224 per 100,000. We are the highest in the East Midlands and 16th Highest in the England. PLEASE TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY 

Cllr Jonathan Morgan, Leader of Charnwood Borough Council, said: “The rising number of cases in Charnwood means further restrictions are unavoidable and therefore it is imperative that we all act now to protect lives and livelihoods.

“I know the past few months have been tough for everyone and we have all made sacrifices to stop the virus but it is clear we need to do more.

“Please follow the guidance of hands, face and space. The key change under Tier 2 guidance is that you cannot mix indoors with people you don’t live with, unless they are in your support bubble. This applies to your home, your friend’s home and public places like pubs and restaurants.

“Please follow the guidance, it is the only way to slow the spread.

“When you wake up on Saturday morning you will legally need to follow the Tier 2 guidance, but I would urge residents to consider following the new rules from today.

“There has been a significant number of cases related to the university in Loughborough but this is a problem across the borough and there is a particular concern about the number of cases in the over 60s which is above the national average. If you are in this age category, please take extra care.

“I would like to assure residents that the Council will continue to stand by its communities throughout this pandemic and together we will get through it.

“We will also continue to work with Leicestershire County Council, Public Health England and other partners to support residents and local businesses.

Leicestershire County Council’s director of public health, Mike Sandys, is encouraging people to ‘do the right thing’.

He said: “It’s clear that figures are still rising in Charnwood so this is a sensible move. Cases are very high in the 17-21s age range, while rates among over-60s have trebled since the end of September and this is driving the figures.

“What’s most important is what we do now. To stop coronavirus spreading to older, more vulnerable people, we need everyone to do the right thing.

“By not mixing with people you don’t live with, self-isolating when you need to and avoiding crowded areas, you’re playing your part. This really is the simplest action you can take to save lives and livelihoods.”

On top of national restrictions, in a Tier 2 high alert area:

  • Social contact is restricted indoors to people in your own household or support bubble – the rule of six applies outdoors
  • Shops and retail remain open
  • Schools, further education and universities remain open
  • Places of worship remain open
  • Leisure facilities and gyms remain open
  • Overnight stays are allowed, in line with social contact rules
  • Hospitality remains open
  • Care homes will be closed to external visitors, apart from in exceptional circumstances
  • Childcare remains open – and supervised activity allowed in private homes

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Cllr Jenny Bokor