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Following the lifting of national lockdown restrictions on Wednesday 2nd December, the government has declared that Preston is a "Tier 3, Very High Alert" area according to the government covid alert system.
These new measures will take effect from 00:01 Wednesday 2nd December.
Local COVID alert level: Tier 3, Very High
The following rules apply in Preston from 2nd December 2020:
- You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
- You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility - this is called the 'rule of 6'
- Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed - they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
- Accommodation such as hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
- Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
- Leisure and sports facilities (including gyms) may stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
- You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
- Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
For information on the temporary lifting of restrictions between 23 and 27 December, please visit GOV.UK - Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family.
Our head office at Harbour House remains closed to the public. If you need to get in touch with us, please call us on 0800 953 0213.
In line with government guidelines we will be continuing our core services and will still be carrying out emergency and routine repairs, taking into account all the safety measures required to protect our customer and colleagues.