Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash will enter the ‘High’ covid local alert level after a surge in coronavirus cases it has been announced by the Government.
Although cases are rising across Derbyshire, cases in the three areas remain among the highest in the county.
In Chesterfield the rate of infection is at 118 per 100,000 people. North East Derbyshire is at 149 per 100,000 people and Erewash is at 153 per 100,000. The extra restrictions will start at 12.01am Saturday 17 October.
The three areas join parts of the High Peak, where Glossopdale was placed in ‘High’ covid alert level on Wednesday 14 October.
The announcement comes after discussions between the Government, council leaders and MPs on how to manage the infection rate rise in the three districts.
As well as following the continued guidance to wash hands, stay apart and wear a face covering it means:
- different households or support bubbles should not mix indoors – at home, someone else’s home, pubs, restaurants, hotels or other hospitality venues, leisure venues or shops.
- outdoors people should stick to the Rule of Six, including children.
- if going on holiday, this should only be with the people they live with or that are in their support bubble
- family and friends can provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble. The bubble is limited to two households only so that informal childcare is provided by the same carers each time
- only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances
- all businesses, leisure facilities and other places which are allowed to open by law can remain open providing they meet Covid-19 secure guidance
- pubs, bars restaurants and other hospitality venues close at 10pm. Drive-through services, click and collect and delivery services can continue after 10pm
- you can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors but organised indoor exercise classes are only permitted if it's possible to avoid mixing with people you don’t live with or share a support bubble with. There are exceptions for children and people with a disability
For more 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 the county council’s website.