Cheshire news Every Christmas rule - from carol singing and nativities to pub visits MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - The Government recently published 'Guidance for the Christmas Period' on their website
Breaking News ! Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week that from Wednesday (December 2), a new three-tier system would replace the national lockdown. The new system places different areas into one of three categories depending on their coronavirus infection rates: Medium, High or Very High. Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East, Warrington and Halton were all placed into Tier 2 and managed to avoid Tier 3, where residents will face the toughest restrictions. Some of the most anticipated news after finding out what tier the region would be in was what would happen over Christmas. The government revealed that over Christmas, restrictions will be relaxed somewhat to allow people to mix with a slightly wider circle of family and friends, forming a temporary 'Christmas bubble' from December 23 up until December 27. Yesterday (November 29), the government released guidance for the Christmas period, including what's likely to change with the 'eased-up' Christmas rules. Meeting friends and family From December 2 to December 23, you must follow the guidance in your tier. For Cheshire residents, you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. You are, however, able to meet someone from outside your household or support bubble outside. Between December 23 and December 27 you will be able to form a Christmas bubble. This bubble will be allowed to spend time together in private homes, attend places of worship or meet in outdoor public places. However, in all other settings, people are being advised to follow local restrictions in their tier. Visiting bars, pubs and restaurants The rules on who you can meet with in bars, pubs and restaurants will depend on your tier. In Tier 2, residents must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting. This includes at home or in a public place. Between December 23 and December 27, the rules on who you can meet in bars, pubs and restaurants will not change. You will not be able to go to a pub, bar or restaurant with the three households that form your Christmas bubble. Read More Related Articles The rules on whether you can spend Christmas with a Tier 3 household Read More Related Articles Santa won't have to wear a mask, but children can't sit on his knee Visiting churches and other places of worship As of December 2, you can attend places of worship in all tiers. Rules will differ on who you can meet with whilst at the place of worship depending on your tier. In Cheshire, residents must not socialise with anyone who they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting. Between December 23 and December 27, people can also attend a place of worship with their Christmas bubble. Visiting shops and Christmas markets From December 2, the rules on who you can meet with in shops will depend on your tier. In Cheshire, residents must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting. This includes at home or in a public place. Santa's grottos can stay open in all tiers where they're located in venues permitted to open. Between December 23 and December 27, rules on who you can meet will not change. This also includes the boxing day sales. Attending events including performances and Christmas lighting ceremonies From December 2, the rules for attending events, including performances and Christmas or other festive lighting ceremonies, will depend on your tier. In Cheshire, public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors Between December 23 and December 27, the rules on indoor events will not change. You can attend outdoor events with your Christmas bubble. Celebrating New Year's Eve Unfortunately, the 'eased-up' Christmas restrictions will cease to apply come New Year's Eve, including the Christmas bubble. Everyone will be expected to follow the tier guidance set out before the Christmas bubble's came into place. Hospitality venues will be required to close by 23.00 at the latest. Carol singing Carol singing will be able to take place subject to local gathering limits. This means if more than one group of six or household is performing or rehearsing indoors, they must not interact. When carol singing, steps should be taken to reduce the risk of transmission, according to government guidance. Limiting the number of people participating as far as possible is one way to do this. The effect of aerosol transmission means the more people involved, the higher the risk of COVID transmission. All carol singing should follow Performing Arts guidance. Indoor performances The government has said professional and amateur choirs may perform in any indoor venue permitted to open 'as per restrictions in each tier.' Public health advice states that the audience or congregation should not participate in any activity that can 'create aerosols,' such as singing, shouting and chanting. The guidance also states that the maximum number of people present should take into consideration the area of the space and requirement to maintain 2m social distancing. Outdoor performances Professional and amateur choirs have been told they can perform outdoors in any venue permitted to open, as per the restrictions in each tier.
. Door-to-door carol singing can take place according to the government as long as there is no more than six participants. If there are more than six people in total, the government has said these groups must not interact or 'mingle.' Going to work Anyone working during this period is being told to continue to do so, and from home where possible.
Going to school, college and university Students are being told to continue attending school or college until the final day of normal term time. The time-limited change to social restrictions over Christmas will not require any children to take time out of school prematurely. University students returning from living away for university will be able to return back during the student travel window between 3-9 December. The government have, however, advised students to take any test offered to them by the university. For students who are returning home from university, the government has said "you are considered to be part of the household to which you have returned." Attending events organised by schools and other education settings e.g. nativity plays Performances by pupils, such as nativity plays and other seasonal events, should take place within existing school bubbles and avoid mixing across groups according to the government. However, whether audience members, including parents, are permitted to attend these performances will depend on the tier. For anyone in Cheshire, Warrington and Halton, audiences will be permitted to attend as long as the appropriate safeguards are in place. In tier three, audiences will not be permitted. In these areas, schools are being told they can use alternative methods, such as live-streaming or recorded performances. Childcare Over the Christmas period, local restrictions and exemptions will remain in place, meaning registered childcare, supervised activities for children and childcare bubbles are permitted. However, as Christmas bubbles can be formed between December 23 and December 27, the government has advised against the use of normal childcare bubbles during this period, 'except where absolutely necessary.' This is expected to reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus between Christmas bubbles.
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Visiting relatives in care homes Visiting relatives in care homes will be allowed in all tiers. However, the government have said visits should be help with social distancing and PPE in place, outside or in other 'COVID-secure visiting areas.' The government added that where testing is available, residents will be able to have visits from up to two visitors each week in all tiers by Christmas. They added that if a visitor has a negative test, is wearing appropriate PPE and following other infection control measures, then it may be possible for visitors to have 'physical contact' with their loved one, such as holding hands. Travel within the UK Between December 23 and December 27, people may travel between tiers and across the UK if necessary to meet with your other households in your Christmas bubble or to return home. Once you arrive at your destination, you should follow the rules in that tier. The government has said you should not travel to see your bubble before December 23 or travel back after December 27. Exceptional circumstances would allow this. For example, if a member of your Christmas bubble develops coronavirus symptoms. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December. Those travelling to Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland should read the guidance in the respective country before you travel. You can stay in private rented accommodation with members of your household, or your Christmas bubble. Travel abroad As of December 2, you may travel abroad, which includes visiting friends and family, subject to restrictions in place at your destination. However, government guidance states that those in Tier 3 should avoid leaving their tier, including for international travel, other than for work, education or caring responsibilities. Individuals will need to self-isolate for 14 days if arriving from or have travelled through a non-travel corridor country or territory. From December 15, those passengers arriving into England from countries not featured on the government's travel corridor list will have the option to take a test after 5 days of self-isolation, with negative results meaning they don't need to continue their isolation. You must not form a Christmas bubble if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating. Between December 23 and December 27, the rules on international travel will not change.
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Volunteering The government has said where possible, volunteering should be done from home. However, 'if you cannot do so, you can volunteer outside your home.' Volunteers are being told to follow advice on how to help safely and they must follow social distancing guidance. Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees in Tier 2 areas. 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stone-settings.
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