Wiltshire (excluding Swindon) has been moved into Tier 3 following the latest review by the Government, this change comes into effect at 00:01 on Thursday 31st December.
The announcement follows news from the Hospital of a suspension of visitors at Salisbury District Hospital and a rising number of cases locally.
Health Secretary, Matt Hancock says sharply rising cases and the hospitalisations that follow “demonstrate the need to act where the virus is spreading”. He says the majority of new cases are believed to be the new variant, which is now spreading across most of England, with cases doubling fast.
Matt Hancock made his announcement in the Commons earlier today and ended by saying:
“We must all stick at it during the difficult weeks ahead”.
“We end 2020 still with great challenges but also with hope and confidence that in 2021 we have a brighter future ahead,”
Retail will be allowed to stay open, but hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants will have to close other than for takeaway.
Tier 3 restrictions are as follows:
Surrounding areas also move up a tier with parts of Dorset and the remaining areas of Hampshire moving to Tier 4.
The majority of Dorset joins Wiltshire in Tier 3, but Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole will be Tier 4.
The New Forest and the Isle of Wight move to Tier 4 along with the rest of Hampshire.
Swindon remains in Tier 4.
A further announcement is due from the Education Secretary regarding the start of the new school term later today (December 30th).