Last Thursday (26 November), the Government announced that Sevenoaks District, along with the rest of Kent and Medway, would enter ‘Level 3’ tier restrictions- the highest alert level – when the national lockdown ended yesterday.
The decision was based on recommendations by Government scientists and medics, taking into account:
- Infection rates in all age groups and in particular among the over 60s
- How quickly case rates are rising or falling
- The number of cases per 100,000 in the general population
- Pressure on the NHS – including current and projected NHS capacity – including admissions, bed occupancy and staff absences
Under the new restrictions:
- You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- You must not socialise in a group of more than six in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
- Although all non-essential shops, hairdressers and other close contact services may reopen, hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafés and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to sell takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
- Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close.
Taken from the Sevenoaks District Council Newsletter (3 December 2020)