The Government has announced that Cumbria will move into Tier 4 of the new COVID-19 restrictions classification system from 00:01 on 31 December. The message for Tier 4 areas is ‘Stay at Home’.

Under the new restriction level there must be no household mixing, aside from support bubbles and just two people meeting in public outdoor spaces. Education settings will remain open in Tier 4 during term time. All hospitality must close aside from sales by takeaway, drive-through or delivery. All personal care businesses, non-essential retail, indoor leisure and entertainment venues must also close.

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Everyone must work from home unless they are unable to do so. People must not leave a Tier 4 area or stay overnight away from home and those living in Tier 1 – 3 places should not enter Tier 4 areas.

Cumbrians are being urged not to forget the basic ways they can help keep themselves and others safe and help avoid spreading infection – Hands – Face – Space. Please maintain social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash hands regularly.

The area’s status is expected to be reviewed after 14 days.