Cheshire East moves into Covid-19 alert tier 4 ‘Stay at Home’


Cheshire East is to move into Covid-19 alert tier 4 – 'Stay at Home" from one minute past midnight, in the early hours of Thursday 31st 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."



Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Kathryn Blackburn
Friday 1st January 2021 at 1:31 pm
We cannot 'stay at home' fgs we have to feed ourselves. Which is why lockdown is and always has been futile.
Alan Brough
Friday 1st January 2021 at 5:23 pm
I’m afraid that clear evidence proves you wrong.

Lockdowns brought the infection rate down, which in turn reduced the number of hospital admissions and deaths.

The problem is lack of adherence on the part of the hard of thinking.
Tony Haluradivth
Friday 1st January 2021 at 10:31 pm
Let's lockdown for the whole of 2021 and have army drops on our gardens once a month with basic rations or perhaps we can be sealed in our homes forcibly like the Chinese have done and when the virus is still here (because it will be despite lockdowns you could have us all encased in a plastic bubble forever.)
Give up your pension and scratch around for work like many youngsters will be doing just to survive when fulough ends and see how your attitide changes Alan.
Pete Taylor
Friday 1st January 2021 at 10:53 pm
@Kathryn Blackburn, it's not so long ago that you were ranting that cyclists were going to cause the end of the world. Now it seems that you are "unable to feed yourself". Have you thought of getting an on-line delivery from Tesco, Waitrose, Ocado, Morrisons, or any of the other usual outlets?

As Alan said: "I’m afraid that clear evidence proves you wrong".
Kathryn Blackburn
Saturday 2nd January 2021 at 10:52 am
Mr Taylor I can be accused of many things but ranting is not one of them.
You however are incapable of rational and balanced argument.
Alan lockdowns can never work unless they are total. The sheer number of people who have exemption prevents it. In the meantime we have fractured the economy. Not treated any other disease but Covid-19. The suicide rate has increased dramatically. Thousands are incapable of paying their rent or mortgage. Businesses and jobs gone. The test and trace method is not fit for purpose. Government has mismanaged from the beginning right through to the shambolic vaccine roll out. There is so much evidence out there other than the propaganda we are being fed use your keyboards and seek it out.
Simon Worthington
Thursday 7th January 2021 at 8:57 am
Hard of thinking Al? Insults bandied about by "experts". £6million borrowed per death. I like to think about that and how our children are going to repay it. I like to think of the extra babies battered to death in the last nine months ( about 8 extra so far). I like to think of the clowns who bought dogs last summer with no idea of how to look after them and now dumping them. I like to think of the increase in numbers of domestic violence incidents. I like to think of the hidden number of extra suicides in the last nine months. I like to think of the "thinkers" who imagine these vaccines will end all this. They don't stop one getting infected with SARS-CoV2 (whether or not one then developes covid19) or becoming infectious they lessen the severity of any illness.
I like to think of all the front line health workers with reservations about possible treatments!!!!
Simon Worthington
Saturday 9th January 2021 at 3:39 pm
Dear Mr. Corcoran, I am not impressed by threats from those elected to run (haha) local services. When you get your next slab of taxpayers cash reflect on where it comes from. With luck and a fair wind your tenure is on it’s last legs. Good luck job hunting after May.