January 21, 2021

‘Take your tier with you’ mayor tells Bristolians eager to eat out in Bath – Bristol Live

https://www.bristolpost.co.uk/news/bristol-news/take-your-tier-you-mayor-4741143

Bristol’s mayor is urging the city’s residents to practise tier 3 restrictions if they travel to areas in a lower tier from next Wednesday.

Marvin Rees said it was essential to follow government guidance to stop the spread of Covid-19 and that included advice on travelling between different tier zones.

“Wherever you move, you take your tier with you,” he told the Local Democracy Reporting Service today (November 26).

The mayor was speaking just hours after the government announced that Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire would come under tier 3, ‘Very High Alert’ level restrictions when lockdown lifts on Wednesday, December 2.

But the rest of the South West will enter lower level restrictions, with Bath and the rest of Somerset and Gloucestershire in the ‘High Alert’ tier 2 and Cornwall in the lowest ‘Medium Alert’ tier 1.

Under government guidelines, those in tier 3 regions should avoid travelling to or staying overnight in all other parts of the UK, except for essential reasons such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

People in tier three are allowed to travel through other parts of the country on longer journeys.

When travelling, you must follow the rules of the stricter tier, whether that is the tier you live in or the tier you are visiting.

Asked what Bristol City Council could do to stop people from travelling to Bath for a meal out, which is allowed in tier 2 but not in tier 3, Mr Rees said: “There is guidance around that.

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“Wherever you move, you take your tier with you.

“So if you’re tier 3, and you go to a tier 2 [area], you are still required to behave in a tier 3 way.

“And if you come from tier 2 to tier 3, you clearly behave in tier 3. So you’ve got to move up in the restrictions whichever you go.

“But people will move.

“We need to go along with the guidance we’ve been given, which is engaging in Covid-safe behaviours and, obviously we’re working to put Covid-safe environments in place.

“We hope that by going along with the guidance, we will find that pathway out of that tier 3 so that we can support our businesses again, get life moving, support humans to come into more contact with each other again in a safe way.”