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Covid-19: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire move to tier 3

Reported by lily | December 17th, 2020 @ 11:50 PM

Covid-19: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire move to tier 3

Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and all of Hertfordshire will move into England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions.

The government has announced these areas, currently in tier two, will be tier three from 00:01 GMT on Saturday.

The restrictions will see pubs and restaurants closed, except for takeaway and delivery services.

Hertsmere, Three Rivers, Watford and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire moved into tier three on Wednesday.

All 18 of the local authority areas in these three counties are seeing the number of cases per 100,000 of the population rise, with 10 of them above the England-wide average rate of 205.7 per 100,000 people.

Broxbourne, with 556.1 cases per 100,000 people, has the ninth-highest case rate in England.

The district's case rate increased by 183% between 26 November and 16 December.

The Chiltern area in Buckinghamshire also saw a high increase in cases between the two dates, at 160%.

Tier three restrictions mean households must not mix indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens, and the rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces.

Indoor entertainment venues must also shut and no fans will be allowed in sport stadiums.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the situation in Hertfordshire had deteriorated with case rates increasing by more than 30% in the last seven days.

This "concerning" rate had led to the immediate escalation of Broxbourne, Hertsmere, Watford and Three Rivers to tier three this week, but the situation had continued to deteriorate in other Hertfordshire areas.

It was this plus the rise in daily Covid hospital admissions, and the county's close proximity to surrounding tier three areas, that warranted the whole county moving to the Very High Alert level.

You can read the news here. : SLOT

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