The change will apply from one minute past midnight, in the early hours of Thursday 31 December.
The key changes will mean:
- You must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’, such as for work, education, medical reasons and exercise;
- People who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to shield;
- Non-essential shops must close;
- Hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons must close; and
- Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres, gyms and indoor swimming pools must close.
Visit the government website for full details of tier 4 restrictions.
Responding to the government’s decision to move Cheshire East into tier 4, Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: “I implore all residents and businesses in Cheshire East to adhere to the government’s tier 4 restrictions without exception. We will be working with partners to support people with these changes but will not hesitate to enforce the regulations where necessary.
“It is also vital that we all continue to observe the basics of hands, face, space. Remember, the virus spreads through droplets breathed out by an infected person. If we do the right thing and keep our distance, we cannot spread the infection.
“At this stage we do not know how long we will be subject to tier 4 restrictions, but, as previously announced by government, we anticipate a review in two weeks’ time.”
Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, added:
“This change will have a significant impact on local businesses, and we will be doing everything within our power and resources to support them.
“We are also reviewing the impact on council services and how we deliver them.
Some services, such as leisure centres and libraries will close, however there may be circumstances where some of these facilities can open for specific activities, such as job clubs.
“We will review all services to ensure that we can deliver them safely.
Dr Matt Tyrer, Cheshire East Council’s director of public health, said: “We are now seeing infection rates in Cheshire East of more than 200 cases per 100,000 people over seven days. This is a significant increase from the numbers we were seeing just a few days ago when we moved to tier 3.
“We have heard today that a second kind of vaccine has been approved for use in UK. This is great news, but our optimism must be tempered by a determination to stick to the basics – don’t forget ‘hands, face, space’ and you must make sure that if you have symptoms, you self-isolate and get a test. Self-isolating means that you do not leave your home for any reason, other then to get a test or in the case of emergency.”
Visit the Cheshire East Council website for more information about support, advice and guidance for businesses and individuals, including those who need financial help, or who need additional support because they are shielding.