Rate of infection continues to rise in Cheshire East as new lockdown restrictions come into force

Cllr Sam Corcoran and Cllr Craig Browne

As reported on Monday, 12th October, Cheshire East has been placed into the government's Covid alert level 'high' also known as 'Tier Two'.

This means that people in the Cheshire East Borough Council area are subject to additional restrictions over and above those seen previously in the borough and those seen in many other parts of the country that have now been rated as 'medium' (Tier One).

The new restrictions come into place today, Wednesday 14 October, subject to House of Commons vote.

From today, people in Cheshire East must not socialise indoors with anybody from outside their household or support bubble. This applies, for example, to going inside at a friend's or family member's house or meeting people from outside your household in an indoor public space. It also applies to meeting with people from outside your household inside a pub or restaurant. This is no longer allowed.

'The rule of six' still applies in outdoor spaces. This means that people from different households can meet in a group of up to six people outside, including in private gardens, beer gardens and alfresco dining, or other spaces, like beaches or parks, (other than where specific exemptions apply). However, 'the rule of six' does not replace the need for social distancing. Keep your distance – two metres is best.

The council is now working to understand the full impact of the new regulations and will provide updates as the implications for Cheshire East residents, businesses and other organisations become clear.

Councillor Sam Corcoran, leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "We are still seeing a rising rate of infection in Cheshire East, and we must all do what we can to slow the spread of the virus.

"I would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard and sacrificed so much to fight Covid-19. Without your positive action we would be in a much worse situation.

"Today, the rate of positive cases for the previous seven days for Cheshire East was 158 per 100,000 population. This is above the England average of 150.1/100,000 cases.

"We only learned of the 'Tier Two' measures shortly before the Prime Minister's announcement yesterday and did not have detailed information regarding the regulations until later. So, we need to take some time to fully understand how the new measures will impact Cheshire East's residents, businesses and communities."

Councillor Craig Browne, deputy leader of Cheshire East Council, said: "The key change is that people can no longer socialise indoors with people from outside their household or support bubble. This will come as blow to many who have enjoyed meeting up with friends and family since lockdown, and particularly as we move towards winter.

"However, we know that the virus can't spread if people do the right thing and don't get close together.

"While these new measures aren't what any of us would wish for, I'd ask everyone to think about what they can do to slow the spread of the virus – wash your hands, wear a face covering, keep your distance, get tested if you have symptoms and make sure you know what restrictions apply wherever you are, and comply with them."

For full details about the measures that apply in high alert level areas, including Cheshire East, visit the government's website.

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Gary Chaplin
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 2:16 pm
Forgive me if I'm getting this wrong, but our perennially failing council (and council leaders) were calling for greater resource, cash and powers last week, feigning surprise at being given them along with Tier 2 High) status two days ago and our now playing the 'we' and 'we're in this togther' card now??

It appears our leaders have, once again, thrown us under the bus to satisfy their own objectives??
Julian Barlow
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 2:37 pm
Given that the council have been begging for extra powers to restrict our lives and businesses, they have essentially got what they wanted. What they haven't got is the power to do it themselves, and there's the rub.
Gillian Slater
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 2:58 pm
Gary Chaplin what do you intend to do then to comply please?
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 3:56 pm
I live in Wilmslow which is ,geographically ,north Cheshire. There are no such counties as Cheshire East or Cheshire West. So, I'm a bit confused.
Diane Holcroft
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 4:04 pm
Gillian Slater: Are you being compliant? Being compliant usually indicates a sheep mentality. Questioning authority and not complying is a better option I believe.
Mark Russell
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 4:21 pm
I have sent a foi request to the council asking for the compliance statistics in Cheshire east. These guys are so inept. Let’s see if they can work it out?
Tim Royle
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 4:22 pm
Laurie Atterby: Who do you pay your council tax to? I think you’ll find Cheshire East took over from Macclesfield Borough Council a few years ago.
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 5:42 pm
Tim , I think you missed my point. Counties are different to local government admin areas.
Laurie Atterbury
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 5:45 pm
Tim, I would add that I don't remember Macclesfield as being a county of England? Perhaps you're too young to know about counties' characters prior to local government pretending they were counties?
Kareem Masdoon
Wednesday 14th October 2020 at 7:05 pm
Well said Gary
Laurie Atterbury
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 8:37 am
Tim, I would add that I don't remember Macclesfield as being a county of England? Perhaps you're too young to know about counties' characters prior to local government pretending they were counties?
Laurie Atterbury
Saturday 17th October 2020 at 8:37 am
Tim , I think you missed my point. Counties are different to local government admin areas.

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