Lincolnshire moves into Tier 4 from 31st December

Lincolnshire moves into Tier 4 from 31st December

From 0:01 on Thursday 31st December 2020, Lincolnshire will be moved into Tier 4, with the advice strongly being ‘Stay at Home’.

This means all non-essential businesses will have to close, including beauty salons, hairdressers and indoor gyms. Click here for a full list of businesses which must close, and which can remain open.

Schools and colleges will remain open during term time in Tier 4 areas.

Lincolnshire will be joining the Tier 4 restrictions along with most of the Midlands, North East, parts of the North West and parts of the South West, as announced today, 30th December 2020, by Secretary of State for Health Matt Hancock.

If you live in Tier 4 you must not leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. A reasonable excuse includes:

Work and volunteering

You can leave home for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home, including if your job involves working in other people’s homes. You can also leave home to provide voluntary or charitable services.

Essential activities

You can leave home to buy things at shops or obtain services from a business which is permitted to open in your Tier 4 area, but you should stay local. For instance you can leave home to buy food or medicine, or to collect any items – including food or drink – ordered through click-and-collect or as a takeaway, to obtain or deposit money (for example, from a bank or post office), or to access critical public services.

You may also leave home to fulfil legal obligations, or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a residential property, or where it is reasonably necessary for voting in an election or referendum.

Education and childcare

You can leave home for education related to the formal curriculum or training, registered childcare, under-18 sport and physical activity, and supervised activities for children that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training. Parents can still take their children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart. This includes childcare bubbles.

For the full list of ‘reasonable excuses’, click here.

Travelling to a Tier 4 area from a Tier 1, 2 or 3 area

You should not travel into a Tier 4 area from another part of the UK, other than for reasons such as:

– travel to work where you cannot work from home

– travel to education and for caring responsibilities

– to visit (including staying overnight with) those in your support bubble – or your childcare bubble for childcare

– to attend hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health

– to provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm (such as domestic abuse)

If you break the rules

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

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