Dacorum Tier Four status to be reviewed tomorrow, here's everything you need to know
Dacorum and Hertfordshire are currently in Tier Four: Stay at Home - the highest level in the tier system.
The rules and regulations are similar to the ones imposed during the second national lockdown.
All the tiers are under constant scrutiny and there will be a new tier review tomorrow (Wednesday).
The Government has said decisions on tier levels are based on a number of factors including case detection rates in all age groups and, in particular, among the over 60s.
How are tiers decided for each area?
When the Government reviews the tiers on December 30, experts will look at five key indicators:
> Case detection rates in all age groups
> Case detection rates in the over-60s age group
> The rate at which cases are rising or falling
> Positivity rate — the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken
> Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy.
The guidelines for Tier Four: Stay at Home, are:
- Residents should stay at home, unless they have a 'reasonable excuse' such as work or education
- All non-essential shops must close
- Hairdressers and nail shops must close
- Indoor entertainment venues must close
- Gym and indoor swimming pools must close, indoor sport courts and dance studios must close
- You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them, or they are part of your support bubble
- People should not leave tier 4 areas or travel abroad - except for limited reasons, including work and education
- Weddings and civil partnerships are only allowed in exceptional circumstances.
Activities still allowed, include:
- Meeting one person from another household in an open, public space, if you are both alone.
- Shopping for essentials, such as food and medicine
- Outdoor pools, playgrounds, sport courts, golf courses and horse riding centres can open
- You can leave home for work, education, training, childcare and for medical appointments and emergencies
- Communal religious worship
- Support bubbles are still allowed and children can move between separated parents.
For more guidance visit: www.gov.uk/coronavirus.