The Bolsover District will move into Tier 2 (High) Restrictions, along with the rest of Derbyshire, at 00:001hrs on Saturday 31st October. The change comes following a rise in the number of new cases across the County.
The Government confirmed the change following consultation with local Leaders in response to a recent upsurge in cases. As a result of the change, people will no longer be allowed to mix indoors with others unless they are from the same household or form part of a support bubble.
In response to the announcement, Bolsover MP, Mark Fletcher said:
‘Throughout this pandemic, I have advocated reviewing restrictions on a District by District basis and this is something which I have made clear to local public health officials. However, the recent uptick in cases, including in local communities across the Bolsover District, has meant tougher restrictions are now needed.
In the last 7 days, infection rates in the over 60s across the Bolsover District have increased by 141% and by 83% in the North East Derbyshire District. The over 60s and at risk are more likely to require hospitalisation and this increase is placing demand on hospital beds, which are beginning to fill up.
I recognise these changes will bring additional challenges for residents and business, but this action is needed now and we must all work together. We must also remain mindful of the impact that these new restrictions will have on those with mental health difficulties.
I remain in constant communication with the Department for Health and Social Care and welcome the additional measures which have been announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for communities entering Tier 2. I remain committed to engaging with local businesses, community Leaders and our hospitals through these ongoing and challenging times.
I would urge everyone to follow the Tier 2 rules from Saturday in order that we can try to limit the spread of the virus. Christmas is not far away and I hope we can all work together to try and turn a corner as quickly as possible.'