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West Berkshire predicted to go into Medium Tier

Experts from West Berkshire have predicted that the area could go into the Medium Tier when new levels are revealed later this week.

Matt Pearce who is Head of Public Health and Wellbeing at West Berkshire Council was put on the spot by Cllr Lynne Doherty during a meeting on Monday evening.

The Cllr asked Matt which tier she believed West Berkshire could sit under when specific tier details are announced on Thursday.

Responding, Matt said that if West Berkshire was taken in isolation, that he expects we will be in the Medium Tier.

He caveated: "We will have to wait to see what the thresholds are in terms of what the government comes out with and at what footprint.

"The key thing is no matter what level we go on, people need to be really cautious, follow the rules and follow the guidelines."

In tier 1 (medium) areas, people have to stick to meeting in groups of six or fewer indoors or outdoors and pubs and restaurants will only be permitted to offer table service and will have to stop taking orders at 10pm and shut at 11pm. Overnight stays are permitted in groups of up to six people.

In tier 2 (high) areas, the rule of six will also apply, but people will be banned from mixing indoors. Pubs and restaurants will only be permitted to stay open if they serve “substantial” meals. Additionally, hospitality venues may only serve alcohol with substantial meals. As with tier 1, last orders are at 10pm and pubs and restaurants will close at 11pm. Overnight stays are permitted only with those in your support bubble.

In tier 3 (very high) areas, there will be a complete ban on household mixing indoors and most outdoor places apart from public spaces such as parks, public gardens and sports courts, where you can meet in groups of six or less. The hospitality sector may only remain open for takeaway, drive-through or delivery. Overnight stays are banned.

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