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Bristol Not Named As Area With Increased Restrictions Despite Rising Cases

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd October 12, 2020

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A new tiered lockdown system has been announced today.

Bristol has not been named as an area where stricter lockdown restrictions are being imposed after the Prime Minister introduced a new three-tiered lockdown system today.

The city has seen the number of positive Covid-19 tests more than doubled in the past week. The infection rate in Bristol jumped from 44.2 to 95.4 in the week ending Thursday 8th October, as 442 more people were confirmed as having coronavirus.

However, despite earlier predictions, Bristol was not named by the Prime Minster during his announcement of a new localised lockdown system in the House of Commons.

Boris Johnson warned each area would be under constant review, meaning Bristol could be moved into one of the tiers if cases continue to rise.

In the worst-hit areas, which is currently Merseyside, pubs, gyms, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos are set to close, under Tier 3 restrictions.

Here’s what the medium tier means for Bristol residents:

  • Hospitality businesses will remain open with a 10pm curfew in place.
  • Gatherings of six are permitted in both indoor and outdoor settings.

Tier 1 allows for a little more leeway, with only the rule of six applying both indoors and outdoors, and the 10pm curfew remaining in place for hospitality businesses. Tier 3, the toughest tier, will see the closure of pubs, restaurants and gyms, with non-essential travel banned, overnight stays banned in lockdown areas, and complete bans on social contact with other households.