New COVID Alert levels
Confused? Hopefully the below will help. For Potton and the surrounding area we currently fall into the 'Medium' Level (Tier 1) which means current national restrictions remain in place.
Below is a description from the GovUK site of each of the 3 levels & a summary of which regions fall into which tier:
Medium (Tier 1)
High (Tier 2)
Very High (Tier 3)
Local COVID Alert Level - Medium (Tier 1)
This is for areas where national restrictions continue to be in place (i.e. Potton and our local area). This means:
All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.
Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.
Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
Schools, universities and places of worship remain open
Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed
People must not meet in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors
Local COVID Alert Level - High (Tier 2)
This is for areas with a higher level of infections. This means the following additional measures are in place:
People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.
People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
Local COVID Alert Level - Very High (Tier 3)
This is for areas with a very high level of infections. The Government will set a baseline of measures for any area in this local alert level. Consultation with local authorities will determine additional measures.
The baseline means the below additional measures are in place:
Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
Wedding receptions are not allowed
People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ area they are in, or entering a ‘Very High’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘Very High’ area if they are resident elsewhere.
Full list of Local COVID Alert Levels by area
Local COVID Alert Level: Medium
All areas, excluding those listed below
Local COVID Alert Level: High
Cheshire West and Chester
Derbyshire High Peak - the wards of:
Blackburn with Darwen
Redcar and Cleveland
Oadby and Wigston
Local COVID Alert Level: Very High
Liverpool City Region
Further information - in & around Potton
InPotton business & trades finder
inPotton - Market Square shops and businesses
Places to eat and drink in Potton
Local clubs in Potton
Further information - COVID19
Source - Press release on GovUK website
The GovUK site also contains further information on a range of Coronavirus topics
Coronavirus FAQs (GovUK)
Travel Advice (GovUK)
Information correct as of the Government announcement on Monday 12th October. Please check the Gov UK website for the latest information