Residents urged to follow Tier 3 Covid rules

TAMESIDE residents are being urged to adhere to the latest coronavirus laws following Greater Manchester being placed into the Tier 3 Covid alert level.

It’s stressed that abiding by the rules will help protect ourselves and others, keep schools open, protect the NHS and save lives.

Tier 3 regulations that came into force on Friday (23 Oct) for Greater Manchester, including Tameside, include:

*             The closure of all pubs and bars unless they are serving substantial meals, and alcohol only to be served as part of the meal. The national 10pm curfew still applies to all venues allowed to stay open.

*             Casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult gaming centres and soft play areas must close.

*             People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.

*             People must not meet with people outside of their household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.

*             People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space, such as parks.

*             Advice against all but essential travel into and out of the area.

*             Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in any part of Greater Manchester.

Local alert levels will be reviewed regularly to consider whether they are still appropriate. You can check the current alert level for your area on the NHS COVID app, by using the postcode checker on the government website or keeping an eye on the council and our local news outlets.

Tameside Council is continuing to work with partners, including Greater Manchester Police, to visit licensed premises and businesses to support them and ensure that laws are being followed. Residents are asked that if attending a licensed premises for a meal they don’t prolong the occasion into an extended event that will put pressure on the premises.

Preventing the spread of coronavirus will also help our children’s continued learning, with less cases meaning schools having to send fewer pupils home to isolate.

Tameside Council Executive Leader Councillor Brenda Warrington said: “It’s been a difficult time for everyone and I know people are struggling with the restrictions, but it’s important, now more than ever, that we continue with our efforts. I’d urge everyone to follow the rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus and protect themselves, others and the NHS to help save lives.

“Along with the other leaders of Greater Manchester, I remain open to dialogue with the Government about the support needed for Tameside and Greater Manchester and will continue to fight for the people of this borough. We are united in Greater Manchester and the North and I’m disappointed the Government again hadn’t informed us of the additional financial offer they’ve just announced for Tier 2 areas as it would have made negotiations much easier to resolve.

“I’m proud of the way the borough has responded to the challenges and by continuing to work together and support each other we will get through this pandemic.”

The simple key guidance that works in protecting people remains:

*             Keep your social distance.

*             Wash your hands regularly.

*             Self-isolate if you have symptoms or are identified as a close contact.

*             Wear a face covering.

For full details on the restrictions, visit the Government website: www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

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