Glossopdale has been placed in the high alert level of the new three-tier lockdown system, but the rest of the High Peak will be under the medium alert level.
The affected area of Glossopdale covers the SK13 postcode including: Glossop, Old Glossop, Hadfield, Simmondley, Shirebrook, Dinting, Padfield, Tintwistle, Gamesley, Charlesworth, Chisworth, Whitfield, Chunal, Moorfield and Crowden.
The measures - which are in addition to the national restrictions already in place - come into force on Wednesday (14 October). They will be reviewed after four weeks.
Among the key restrictions are:
- Different households mixing indoors is NOT allowed. This includes in homes and hospitality venues.
- Households CAN mix outdoors but subject to the rule of six and social distancing.
- An exemption exists for paid and informal childcare, which applies to children under 14.
- You must minimise travel, but you can travel for education, work and go on holiday. If going on holiday, this should only be with the people you live with or that are in your support bubble.
- Travel to places elsewhere in the UK is allowed so long as local restrictions in those places are obeyed. You can still go on holidays outside the UK as well as per guidance.
- You can leave the county and local authority area but you cannot travel to a neighbouring county in order to mix households there. That is not allowed.
- The hospitality sector including pubs and restaurants will remain open.
- There will be increased financial support and increased support for test and trace in the area.
- Organised sport is only allowed outdoors
- Team sports are only allowed if it been formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued.
The rest of the High Peak will be under the medium level (the lower Tier 1 measures) - which includes the current national restrictions such as the rule of six and the 10pm curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants.
Roughly speaking, this means High Peak residents with SK17, SK22, SK23 and S33 postcodes.
Read more on the government website here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know.
If you're unsure, you can also check your postcode to see which alert level applies where you live by heading to: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions.
Why is Glossopdale under new restrictions?
Although cases are rising across Derbyshire, cases in the Glossopdale area remain among the highest in the county, with 99 people testing positive between 4 and 10 October compared to 76 the previous week.
Infection rates in the area now stand at 294 per 100,000 people – which is more than twice the average Derbyshire rate.
Glossopdale has been the county's hotspot area for weeks - which is thought to be due to its proximity with Tameside and Greater Manchester - which have had additional local restrictions since the end of July.
The new measures follow discussions between High Peak MP Robert Largan, Health Secretary Matt Hancock, Derbyshire County Council and health experts.
It means Glossopdale will be in line with Tameside and the rest of Greater Manchester, which has also been placed in the high alert level (Tier 2).
'We're seeing a lot of community transmission in Glossopdale'
Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace, who is leading the county’s response to the outbreak, urged people to follow the tighter ‘lockdown’ rules.
He said: "We all have a duty to do everything it takes to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus. The steep rise in the numbers of cases is deeply concerning, although not surprising given the close proximity to areas which have been under extra restrictions for a while, so it’s more important than ever that we all work together to beat this.
"I’m really proud of the way Derbyshire communities have supported each other through this epidemic but this isn’t over – we simply can’t afford to take our eye off the ball.
"I realise that these extra restrictions on our lives will be frustrating but they are also necessary as we’re seeing a lot of community transmission in that area. I cannot emphasise enough that from Wednesday people from different households should not be mixing indoors, unless it is with people who are in their ‘bubble’ and they should stick to the ‘Rule of 6’ when outside.
"I know it’s difficult but I’m asking everyone to summon their famous Derbyshire spirit and play their part to keep themselves, their family, friends and colleagues safe,” he said.
Residents will be able to check if they live in an area with extra restrictions using a new online post-code checker available on Derbyshire County Council’s website. They will also be able to see at a glance what restrictions are in place for their area based on the Government’s new alert system.
'We are at a tipping point'
Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis added: “I welcome the announcement from the Prime Minister that there will be extra support for businesses affected by tougher restrictions.
"We are at a tipping point. With winter approaching it is vital that we get the spread of this virus under control so that we can protect the most vulnerable members of our communities. So my message to everyone is: ‘Let’s do this for Derbyshire’.”
Mr Largan said: "In order to exit TIER 2, we will need to flatten the curve and then see case rates fall. The Government is looking at various factors, including number of cases per 100,000 people, the percentage of positive tests, and the number of people over 60 who have tested positive.
"This tier system will be visible on the NHS COVID-19 app.
"I will be working hard to get more information to you as soon as it is possible and doing everything I can to support local people and businesses.
"If you are unsure if you are affected by the new restrictions or not or have any general questions, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org or call my office on 01663 769779.
"Together we can beat this and get our area out of these measures."
For general information about coronavirus, how and when to get a test, when to self-isolate, how to access support and the numbers of cases in Derbyshire visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/coronavirus.
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