Erewash will remain in the Very High Alert Tier 3 restrictions from 17 December, the government confirmed today.
The borough will join the rest of the county as Derbyshire continues to face the toughest restrictions across the festive period in a bid to combat high levels of infections and ward off further spikes in the virus. It was placed into the highest tier when the national lockdown ended on 2 December.
It means that bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants remain closed but can provide takeaways or a delivery service. Indoor entertainment venues like bingo halls, bowling alleys and cinemas, along with tourist attractions must also close, with some exceptions.
Councillor Carol Hart, Leader of Erewash Borough Council, said it is vital that residents continue to follow the guidance:
“News that we stay in the toughest restrictions is disappointing but we must remain resilient and show the true Erewash spirit as we continue to fight this deadly virus. We have achieved so much, but we must not be complacent and we all need to play our part by acting responsibly.
“Christmas is going to be difficult, we know that. Whilst some restrictions have been relaxed for the festive period, it may be that we have to cancel get-togethers we love at this time of year. But we have to act for the greater good and look to 2021 when we hope the vaccine will bring us a better year when we can all be together.
“My message throughout has always been that as difficult as it is, we can get through this together. Thank you to everyone for playing your part and staying safe.”
Residents can find details of the Tier 3 restrictions at the gov.uk website. To keep up-to-date on any changes use the NHS COVID-19 app.