All the ways life in Cambridge would be different under Tier 2

As a county Cambridgeshire still remains under the Tier 1 “medium” alert restrictions.

But as Covid cases continue to rise, the threat of a “high” Tier 2 lockdown is looming over some areas, meaning that the rules surrounding everyday activities could change.

The number of coronavirus cases continues to surge in central Cambridge, with infection rate now at 180.3, jumping from 126.6 in just seven days.

UK Tier 2 threshold

The rates have been rising for some time and are now well above the Tier 2 threshold stated by The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, who said that 100 cases per 100,000 people was roughly the threshold to enter the “high” tier.

It is important to note areas are not automatically moved into Tier 2 when they surpass a rate of 100 cases per 100,000 but instead a decision must be made and announced to move them up a level.

The infection rate in Peterborough is also on the rise at 127.1, up from 82.1 seven days prior. However, the rates are dropping in East Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire.

Here is a breakdown of how things will change if Cambridgeshire was to move into Tier 2.

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Can I still socialise under Tier 2?

You will not be permitted to meet socially with friends and family indoors unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble or a childcare bubble with them.

Indoor settings include private homes and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.

You can continue to meet people outside, including in a garden or other outdoor space, in a group of up to 6 persons. The rule of 6 includes children of any age.

There are a number of exceptions where people from different households can gather in groups larger than 6 people. For example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaching the limit, if they are there for work.

Will pubs, restaurants and shops remain open?

Yes, pubs and restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues, places of worship will remain open, as long as they are COVID-19 secure.

Businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. They can continue selling food for consumption off the premises after 10pm through delivery, click-and-collect or drive-through, but orders must be made via phone, online or by post.

Hospitality venues in ports, on transport services and in motorway service areas are an exception as they do not need to close at 10pm, but must not serve alcohol after that time.

Activities such as organised indoor sport, indoor exercise classes and other activity groups, can only continue provided that households or support bubbles do not mix.

What should people more at risk from coronavirus do?

Face masks and coverings must be warn indoors in public places and when social distancing isn’t possible
(Image: Daily Mirror/Andy Stenning)

People in the most vulnerable groups can go outside as much as they like but should still try to keep the overall social interactions low.

This means they can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs and shops, whilst keeping 2 metres away from others wherever possible or 1 metre plus other precautions.

You should continue to wash your hands carefully and more frequently than usual and thoroughly clean frequently touched areas in your home and work.

Can I go to work?

Yes, but if you can work from home you should do so.

The government says that office workers should work from home during the winter if they can perform their duties effectively.

But anyone who cannot work from home should go to their place of work.

In particular, public sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary.

If you are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable you can still go to work as long as the workplace is COVID secure, but should carry on working from home wherever possible.

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Will schools and universities remain open?

Yes, but there are some stricter rules in place for university students.

You can move home and travel to go to university, but you must not move backward and forward between your permanent home and term time address during term time, apart from limited exceptions.

If you live at your university term time address you should follow the same Tier 2 guidance on meeting other people and travel.

There are more rules for students who move out of, or currently live outside of, or commute into a high alert level area to go to university.

Where can I travel to within my Tier 2 area?

You may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work, voluntary, charitable or youth services, or to access education, within a high alert level area.

You should try to reduce your number of journeys, try to walk or cycle and to avoid busy public transport, whenever possible.

You should avoid travelling by car with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing.

You can only travel with people in your household or support bubble to hotels and other guest accommodation within the Tier 2 area.

Can I travel outside my Tier 2 area?

You can still go on holiday outside of high alert level areas, but you must only do this with people in your household or support bubble.

When travelling, it is important that you respect the rules in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

You should avoid travelling to any part of the country subject to very high (Tier 3) local COVID alert levels.

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