Cornwall Council has pledged to support residents and businesses as the county prepares to enter tier 3: very high alert.

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The new restrictions, which have seen Cornwall leap from tier 1 to tier 3 in a week, come into effect from 12.01am on 31st December.

The council is concerned about rising case numbers, as well as the pressure on local health services, and is urging people to follow the new tier 3 rules to control the virus and save lives. 

Council leader, Julian German, said: “Cases have been rising rapidly in Cornwall, and everyone now needs to step up and play their part in stopping the spread of the virus. 

“We know how tough the last year has been, but as coronavirus ups its game, so must we. The vaccine is being rolled out as we speak, but we can’t drop our guard now. We must all take responsibility, follow the guidance, protect the NHS, and look after each other.”

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for children, wellbeing, and public health, said: “We want our residents to know that we are here to support them. If you are struggling financially or need support in accessing food and essential supplies, we’re here for you.

“Similarly, if you are feeling anxious about the new measures, please get in touch with us and we will work with our partners to help and support you.” 

People are urged to remember the basic guidance — wash your hands regularly, use a face covering when physical distancing is not possible, and try to keep your distance from those not in your household. 

The new tier 3 restrictions

  • You must not meet socially indoors with anybody you do not live with or have a support bubble with. You can meet people you do not live with in a group of up to six in some outdoor spaces, including parks, beaches, and playgrounds, but not in private gardens. 
  • Pubs and other hospitality venues must close, but can provide a delivery and take-away service.  
  • Holidaymakers already in Cornwall are being urged to make their way home as soon as possible, while people from outside the county should not be making plans to visit. 
  • You can travel within your area for work, education, and to provide care or medical assistance. However, you should avoid travelling outside your area and reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible. 
  • You must continue to follow tier 3 rules when you travel to lower tiers. 
  • Non-essential shops can open, as can gyms, hairdressers, and other personal care businesses. Places of worship can open and weddings are allowed within local restrictions. 
  • Hotels and other accommodation providers must also close, unless they are needed for specific work purposes where people cannot return home. 
  • Outdoor sports, including golf and tennis, can continue, as can amateur team sports, such as football. But, unlike tiers 1 and 2, spectators cannot go to a stadium to watch sport in tier 3. 
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so.