By Rachael Grealish
The city of Carlisle will be moving in to Tier 2 as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise in the area.
As of 00:01 on Saturday, October 31, the city will move in to the High Risk tier meaning households will no longer be allowed to mix indoors in any setting, such as homes.
On Monday, October 26, it was recorded there was 262 new cases meaning an infection rate of 241 cases per 100,000 people – above that of the average of 225, in England.
Around 108,000 people live in Carlisle who will all now have to adhere to the new measures, which include:
- You are not permitted to socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place;
- You must not socialise in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law);
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law;
- Pubs and restaurants will also have to close at 10pm as part of the tier two high alert level.
Carlisle now joins Barrow-in-Furness as the only other area of Cumbria to be in the high risk tier, however since entering the tier Barrow has had a decrease in cases.
Last week Dr Matthew Saunders, Consultant in Public Health at Cumbria County Council, commented on the situation saying: “This week’s data for Barrow give cause for some cautious optimism but we are still a very long way from where we want to be.
“I’d want to thank people in Barrow for responding positively to the new rules that have come into force and it is essential that this effort continues.
“This situation in Carlisle, and to a lesser extent in Eden, gives cause for concern. The increase in new cases has been very fast and it may be that further action is needed to stop the spread, but this requires further discussion.
“It remains the case that if people follow the guidance, reduce social contact, wash hands and wear a face covering then we can reduce infections and avoid the need to increase local alert levels.”