BREAKING – Milton Keynes will be placed in Tier 2 from 2nd December – MKFM 106.3FM

BREAKING - Milton Keynes will be placed in Tier 2 from 2nd December - MKFM 106.3FM

It has just been announced that Milton Keynes will be placed under Tier 2 restrictions when lockdown is eased next Wednesday 2nd December.

What does being placed in Tier 2 mean for Milton Keynes? As stated on the Government website, these are the local restrictions that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in Tier 2.

Enter the postcode where you’re living or spend most of your time to find out what the rules are here.

Tier 2: High alert

This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of  infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

In tier 2:

  • you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

  • pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

  • hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

    • provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol

    • close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)

    • stop taking orders after 10pm

  • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

  • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances  that start before 10pm

  • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

  • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

  • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes  or stonesettings.

  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue

  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing

  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

  • if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey

  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

In an interview with MKFM on Tuesday, the Leader of Milton Keynes Council Peter Marland explained the different factors which contribute to the number of cases in Milton Keynes including how busy shops are and the size of our schools and numbers of staff in those schools.

He told MKFM: “If I was going to put money on it I would say we are going to see tougher restrictions.”

Cllr Marland said: “It was a really busy week in Milton Keynes before lockdown 2.0 started and the shopping centre is still really busy.  At the moment data indicates our rate is around 198 per 100,000 having been at around 140.”

Cllr Pete Marland explained demographically, the population of Milton Keynes is scewed to having a younger population, being the under 50s and therefore unknowingly the virus can pass to older people.

He added: “The Government record data from the over 60s and with a current rise we could be facing more restrictions than we did in tier 1.”

He added: “The Government have not yet said how they will go about putting cities into the new tier system, it could be MK is grouped or by a single local authority and he would suspect we would be put into Tier 2.”

Mr Marland made a further statement today (26/11) in response to the confirmed news. Read the statement in full here.

© MKFM News 2020 

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