Swale in Tier 4

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20 Dec 2020

Prime Minister announces Tier 4: 'Stay At Home' Alert Level in response to new COVID variant.

Due to the rapidly rising level of infections, tighter restrictions are in place from today, 20th December 2020.

The information added below has been taken from the Government website Tier 4 poster entitled Stay at Home.

If you live in a Tier 4 area, you cannot join or form a Christmas bubble.  You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. 

MEETING FRIENDS AND FAMILY No household mixing, aside from support bubbles and two people meeting in public outdoor spaces.

BARS, PUBS AND RESTAURANTS Hospitality closed, aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through
or delivery.

Essential shops can open. Non-essential retail must close and can only open for click-and-collect
and delivery.

Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so.

EDUCATION Early years settings, schools, colleges and universities open during term time.
Registered childcare, other supervised activities for childcare purposes, and childcare bubbles permitted.


ACCOMMODATION Closed (with limited exceptions)


OVERNIGHT STAYS You must not stay overnight away from home. Limited exceptions apply.

WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS Funerals of up to 30 people permitted.
Wakes and other linked ceremonial events can continue in a group of up to six. Weddings of up to six can
continue in exceptional circumstances.

ENTERTAINMENT Indoor entertainment closed. Some outdoor attractions may remain open.

PLACES OF WORSHIP Open for private prayer and communal worship, but cannot interact with anyone outside household or support bubble.

TRAVELLING You must stay at home and only travel for work, education or other legally permitted reasons. If you must travel, you should stay local, and reduce the number of journeys you make. You must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home. Residents in Tiers 1 - 3 should not enter Tier 4 areas. Do not travel abroad if you live in a Tier 4 area unless an exemption applies.

EXERCISE You can leave your home to exercise by yourself, with your household or support bubble, or with one person from another household. Outdoor sport allowed but gatherings limit applies except for youth and
disabled sport.

RESIDENTIAL CARE You can visit relatives in care homes with COVID-secure arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits. The Clinically Extremely Vulnerable are advised to stay at home as much as possible, except to go outdoors for exercise or to attend health appointments.

For support and more information visit: gov.uk/coronavirus

The Stay at Home poster below has been downloaded from the Government website but it does state it may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. 

If you use assistive technology (such as a screen reader) and need a version of the poster in a more accessible format, please email publiccorrespondence@cabinet-office.gsigov.uk.  Please also explain what format you need and it would help if you also say what assistive technology you use.


A copy of the Stay at Home poster has also been added to the village noticeboard outside Bapchild Village Hall.

Tier 4 rules will be reviewed on 30 December, as part of the wider review of all restrictions.

Parish Clerk