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CH64 - What the New COVID-19 Tier System Means Here

Published: 13th October 2020 07:17

Neston and the surrounding villages that make up the CH64 postcode area are in the borough of Cheshire West and Chester, which will be under Covid Alert Level High (Tier 2) restrictions from this week.

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However, the area borders with Wirral, which has been categorised as Covid Alert Level Very High (Tier 3).  Residents may therefore need to be aware of both, depending on where they generally work, socialise or exercise.

Restrictions come into force from Wednesday 14 October.

Cheshire West and Chester - HIGH risk area - (from the authority's website):
  • People must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks.
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed in law.
  • 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-through.
  • Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).
  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.

People must:

  • Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated.

People should continue to:

  • Follow social distancing rules.
  • Work from home where they can effectively do so.
  • Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.Councillor

Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: "With a heavy heart, I support these regulations as a necessary step to keep the rate of infections under control, protect the health of our communities and help take the pressure off our schools, NHS, care settings and key workers.

"However, the new restrictions have been imposed without any further clarity on the funding and powers that we requested to support our response.

"We cannot allow this to be a stepping stone to even more restrictions. To turn this around we will continue to make the case for further financial support and more responsibility for local testing, contact tracing, enforcement and support to our businesses.

"We expect these restrictions to be in place for the foreseeable future, or until the infection rate reduces, and we will keep residents and local businesses informed about any further changes in the future."

Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health for Cheshire West, said: "We recognise that residents have come a long way since March. Many have adapted to a new way of life and are following the public health guidelines.

"This new ruling preventing household mixing is necessary to reduce the spread of the virus and we encourage everyone to play their part for their community by remaining in their own household and support bubble.

"We would like to remind everyone to continue to wash their hands, cover their faces, keep their physical distance from people who aren't in their household. Call 119 or use the national portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test if you have symptoms or to get tested."

Wirral - VERY HIGH risk area

Wirral Council are in the process of updating their website to reflect the full effect of new restrictions. Check here for updates.

Meanwhile, the BBC is reporting the restrictions in Wirral (and the wider Liverpool City Region) will be:

  • You must not socialise with anybody you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue.
  • You should work at home wherever possible. If you cannot do this, you can return to your workplace but your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely.
  • Schools and nurseries remain open. In schools and colleges that teach Year 7 and above, face coverings should be worn by adults and pupils when moving around the premises.
  • Pubs, bars, gyms, leisure centres and betting shops in the area will close from Wednesday 14 October. Pubs and bars 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.
  • Shops are allowed to open. Face coverings must be worn in shops, supermarkets and shopping centres.
  • Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals are able to go ahead, but with restrictions on the number of attendees. However, wedding receptions are not allowed.
  • You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you live in the area, and people who live elsewhere should avoid staying overnight in the area.
COVID-19 confirmed cases in CH64, 4th to 11th October, figures for week to 6 October in brackets:

Little Neston - less than 2  (5)

Neston - 14 (17)

Parkgate 6 (5)

Willaston & Thornton 19 (17)

Data here.

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At 01:22 on 20th October 2020, Denno commented:

It is becoming doubtful whether COVID will ever be beaten because it mutates into different forms on top of which we also have Winter 'Flu as well so the poorly and infirm should take care by staying indoors.The rest of us should learn to live with it as we did with Asian 'Flu in 1957 to avoid this country and its economy collapsing completely. At present our hospitals seem not to be under undue pressure and hopefully coping with other illnesses too.
At 09:41 on 20th October 2020, Tony commented:
100% agree Denno. The hard to follow guidelines and restrictions are based on a notion that we can somehow stamp out the virus which is impossible. I'm in my early 60s and feel I have life yet to live but would rather that people in my age group and above, or people with other illnesses, be shielded and let the younger working age population get back to normal. It would mean the younger people looking out for the older and vulnerable but at least then we would have a shout at saving the economy and hope for the future. If the economy is further destroyed and young people don't have jobs, who will pay for the NHS?
CO Jones
At 10:53 on 20th October 2020, CO Jones commented:
I assume you mean herd immunity?

Who shall we shield? Define vulnerable? What is the start of old age? State Pension age? Do we shield everyone over 65? Are the obese vulnerable? Should everyone with mild to severe asthma shield? Everyone with Crones disease? Everyone with underlying health conditions? Everyone with diabetes type 1? Everyone with cancer?

That paragraph above rules out a third to a half of my workforce.

How has it worked out so far in regard to the "Younger people looking out for us"?

This is just not that straight forward. The brightest Epidemiologists in the world are working on this.

Paying for it? Maybe we could look at the high wealth earners first when the Covid Tax is rolled out over the coming years. You know, the mates of the Tory Party. I don't mind paying. It is inevitable that this is going to involve tax rises but please start at the top with the active tax evaders / avoiders.
Dave Carter
At 13:38 on 20th October 2020, Dave Carter commented:
1) Denno, I have seen no evidence that Covid "mutates into different forms". But if you know of a peer-reviewed paper saying any different, please give a citation or preferably a link.

2) The concept of "herd immunity" has always been associated with vaccination. Not with infection. I did see a clip where Sarah Gilbert explained very well why vaccine induced immunity was likely to be much longer lasting than infection induced immunity. And we know that several people have been re-infected with Covid, including a cyclist in the Giro d' Italia only today. Allowing infections is not a path to herd immunity, whatever Gupta and Heneghan say.

3) As far as paying for it is concerned, MMT is your friend. Money can be, indeed is, created out of thin air. What we need to support people whose employment sectors are no longer viable is a Universal Basic Income and a massive retraining programme.
Dave Carter
At 13:45 on 20th October 2020, Dave Carter commented:
Previous comment reported because of a serious typo. Try again:

And I am aware that some hospital appointments have been cancelled, including for serious conditions. I am aware because as of today I am in this category. But they are not cancelled because of lockdown, they are cancelled because of Covid. Doctors have taken the decision that for me to travel to a hospital in a high infection area for a consultation is too much of a risk to me. And I am not going to argue.

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