Carlisle and surrounding areas to move into Tier 2 of coronavirus restrictions from tomorrow

Carlisle and surrounding areas to move into Tier 2 of coronavirus restrictions from tomorrow


CARLISLE and its surrounding areas will move into Tier 2 of coronavirus restrictions from Saturday, Cumbria County Council has said.

The region has experienced a surge in coronavirus cases – meaning the area will be put into the tighter lockdown bracket from tomorrow.

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A spokesman for the authority said: "The announcement follows rising cases in Carlisle and this week's public health update which showed Carlisle overtaking Barrow borough in having the greatest number of new cases in the county.

"Barrow and Carlisle's rates are currently higher than the national average."

The move to Tier 2 follows a Government decision and will apply to the Carlisle district, which includes communities such as Longtown and Brampton, the council said.

People in areas in Tier 2 are banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs.

When meeting outside in Carlisle from Saturday, only two households will be able to mix.

Current social distancing measures, the "rule of six" outdoors and the 10pm curfew will continue in Carlisle.

However, all businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure way, unless they're closed by law – such as clubs and adult entertainment venues.

The Department of Health and Social Care said "The rate of Covid-19 infections is rising rapidly across the UK.

"The weekly case rate in England stood at 226 people per 100,000 from October 18 to October 24, up from 100 people per 100,000 for the week September 25 to October 1.

"Cases are not evenly spread, with infection rates rising more rapidly in some areas than others.

"In Carlisle, weekly case rates stand at 233 people per 100,000.

"This increases to 244 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 206 per 100,000 in the over 60s."

London was given Tier 2 restrictions earlier this month.

Bath, Cambridge and Brighton are also all at risk of hurtling towards a Tier 2 lockdown.

The UK is on the brink of passing 1,000,000 coronavirus cases as the country nears a grim milestone.

Positive cases rose by 24,405 today, taking the total to 989,745 – with the increase tomorrow expected to tip infections from the entire pandemic over 1million.

Meanwhile, a national lockdown for at least a month is the only way to save Christmas, Government scientists have warned.

Sage scientists have called for the UK to follow in the footsteps of France and Germany by enforcing a second country-wide shutdown.

They say tighter restrictions are needed for "at least a month" to save the NHS as the three-tiered system fails to drive Covid infections and deaths down.

Sage has advised that it is not too late for the Government to step in and save Christmas.

But they warned a two-week circuit breaker will no longer be enough.

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