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Source: City of Coventry

Published Wednesday, 21 October 2020

Coventry is to move up into Tier 2 of the new national risk alert system aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19.

That means there are now new restrictions on households mixing in homes and hospitality venues, as well as the existing measures covering issues such as social distancing and face coverings.

Coventry had originally been named in the lowest tier when the scheme was announced last week, but has now been placed in the next category – moving from medium risk to high risk.

The move – which is expected to come into effect at midnight on Friday – is a response to a continuing rise in the number of cases of the virus in households and communities across the city.

Everyone in Coventry is again being urged help protect the city, each other and the NHS by observing the updated restrictions, as well as observing the crucial messages about handwashing, face masks, social distancing, Test and Trace and self-isolating when needed.

The latest data shows the city’s current seven-day infection rate now stands at now 174 cases per 100,000 people. Cases have been showing a consistent, upward trend over the past weeks and have been spread right across the city.

Additional Tier 2 restrictions mean that:

  • Households will not be able to mix indoors including in homes, leisure or hospitality venues.
  • Households will be able to mix outside, including in parks, and private gardens provided they do not gather in groups of more than six.
  • People can come inside your home for specific purposes. These include where everyone in the gathering lives together, or is in the same support bubble; to attend a birth at the mother’s request; to visit a person who is dying; to fulfil a legal obligation; for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services; for the purposes of education or training; for the purposes of childcare; to provide emergency assistance; to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm; to facilitate a house move; to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person.
  • Existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents will remain exempt.
  • Friends and family can also still provide informal childcare for children under 14.

Councillor George Duggins, Leader of Coventry City Council, said: “It is disappointing for all of us that we have moved up into Tier 2, but the reality is that a consistent increase in positive cases over the last few weeks made that inevitable.

“The move does bring additional restrictions and as a city we need to collectively set an objective to get back into Tier 1 as soon as we can.

“We can do that by following the new rules – that means no mixing of households or social bubbles in indoor settings, wearing masks when we need to, washing hands and socially distancing. People who have Covid-19 symptoms need to isolate and get a free test immediately.

“I want to thank the excellent health and key-workers as well as the vast majority of the people of the city who have reacted so brilliantly since this pandemic started. Despite what we have had to collectively endure they have all shown a tremendous community spirit, but I am asking them all to redouble their efforts to help reduce rates once again.

“At the same time as making this ask to our communities, we must also ask the government to mend the broken test, track and trace system so it is the world-class service we were promised as I believe without this failure, these additional restrictions may not have been necessary.”

Although Coventry’s cases per 100,000 has risen in recent weeks, it remains lower than neighbouring Birmingham and Solihull, and lower than the West Midlands’ Combined Authority average.

Around 40% of positive cases are from the 18-21 age group and hospital admissions remain lower than the West Midlands average, along with positive cases in the 60 and over age group.

Liz Gaulton, Coventry’s Director of Public Health, echoed the view that everyone has a role to play in reducing positive rates.

She said: “This has to be a determined effort by the whole city; everyone who lives, works and studies here. 

“We would urge everyone to continue following health guidelines and look closely at the new measures that come with the Tier 2 level so we can halt the spread of coronavirus in our city.”

For details on all the current coronavirus guidelines and advice visit the Government website or the coronavirus information pages on this website.

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