Bristol will remain in Tier 3: Covid T3 full INSTA

30 Dec 2020

Public Health

Bristol will remain in Tier 3

Bristol remaining in tier 3 following Government review.

The Government has today (30 December) confirmed Bristol will remain in tier 3 following the latest review of the tier system.

Bristol now has an infection rate of 190 new cases per 100,000 people. In the past seven days, from those tested, there were 879 positive results in the city. This means that the city’s infection rate is still high and continues to rise.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, asked that the hard work continued to bring down the infection rate and slow the spread of the virus.

He said: “The number of cases in the city is still high and continuing to rise. It is likely the new variant of the virus is present in Bristol, and many other parts of the country. I urge you to show restraint and follow the rules closely over New Year to help keep our infection rate down.

“News of the second vaccine’s approval is encouraging and offers us hope as we enter 2021.   However, we really need every resident in the city to do the most they can to protect one another, our communities and our city. This means we must continue to do everything we can to limit our social contact and keep our loved ones, and our city, safe.”

Mayor Rees expressed his continued concern for the lack of financial support for businesses affected by tier 3 restrictions and acknowledged the detrimental impact the first two lockdowns have had not only on people’s finances and livelihoods, but their mental health and wellbeing.

He said: “We are expanding our teams to help process business and self-isolation grants as quickly as we can, but this doesn’t help those who simply aren’t eligible. The Government must do more to make financial support more inclusive; by not doing that it is storing up another public health crisis fuelled by poverty – one which will be with us for the long term unless the Government takes bold and purposeful steps to prevent it.  This must also include investment in a green recovery, investing in research and development of a lower carbon economy, for inclusive and sustainable growth.

“This is a really difficult time for everyone, particularly after a very different festive period when we wanted to be together with our loved ones. I appeal to you all once again to continue to show kindness and love, and to look out for neighbours, friends, family and those who are vulnerable in our communities.”

Support is available through the We Are Bristol free helpline if you need emergency access to food or medicines on 0800 694 0184, open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am- 2pm. A 24/7 helpline – 0800 012 6549 – is also available for people in Bristol to get immediate emotional and practical mental health support.

Visit the Government website to read the full tier 3 restrictions.

Visit the Bristol City Council website to see what support is available for businesses affected by the restrictions.

In tier 3:

  • You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than six in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close
  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open)
  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sports or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey