Staffordshire To Stay In Tier 3 Alert Level After Covid Restrictions Review

Staffordshire will stay in tier three following the Government’s review of coronavirus restrictions.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock revealed this morning that Staffordshire will remain subject to the toughest rules, which have been in place in the county since the end of the second national lockdown 15 days ago.

It is understood that the alert levels will be reviewed again between Christmas and New Year.

Tier three restrictions mean thospitality businesses have to stay closed to the public, except for takeaway and delivery. Indoor tourist attractions also have to stay shut.

Infection rates in Staffordshire have been falling since the second lockdown, with some areas in the south of the county now below the national average, although some districts are now seeing an uptick in cases.

Staffordshire as a whole currently has a weekly infection rate of 199.9 cases per 100,000 people.

Along with infection rates, the Government has also taken into account a number of other factors in coming to its decision, including the pressure on local health services.

Mr Hancock also revealed that Stoke-on-Trent is remaining in tier three.