Woking was placed under Tier 3 COVID alert level on Saturday 19 December. However, due to the rapidly rising level of infections in the South East of England, we have been moved up to Tier 4.
The new measures are closely aligned to the national November restrictions. For Woking, this means:
- no household mixing inside (apart from within a support bubble)
- you must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes
- residents must only meet with a maximum of one other person from another household outdoors
- all non-essential shops, personal care, indoor gyms as well as hospitality venues closed.
- the planned easing of restrictions for five days over Christmas has been cancelled for these areas entirely.
This means you cannot join or form a Christmas bubble. The Tiers are due to be reviewed on 30 December.
For the full list of restrictions, please visit gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home
Tim Oliver, Leader of Surrey County Council, said:
“I know this will come as a blow to residents and businesses across Surrey, but it is absolutely necessary that we act fast to save lives.
“We are essentially heading back into the lockdown restrictions the whole country was under in November, and unfortunately, we will not be having the Christmas that we all hoped for.
“It is tough to take, after a really difficult year but we must keep up the fight. Let’s not let our guard down, let’s all play our part and keep Surrey safe.
“Surrey’s Local Resilience Forum, including the county council, will continue our work to ensure that help is available for those in need and our Public Health team will continue to monitor local data every single day to track this virus and stop the spread.
“We will continue to support our NHS colleagues in rolling out the vaccine as fast as possible across Surrey – this is our hope of returning to normal life and we will do everything we can to make this happen.”
Hands, face, space
To protect each other and keep our communities safe, we all need to play our part. By continuing to follow the simple guidelines for controlling the virus, we can help reduce infection rates in Woking. So please:
- Wash your hands regularly.
- Sanitise your hands wherever possible.
- Keep your distance from people not in your household
- two metres apart where possible.
- Wear a face covering in shops, supermarkets, confined public areas and public transport.
- Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Get a test Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus, whatever their age, should book a test immediately. It’s important to book a test within the first five days of having symptoms.
Book online at nhs.uk/coronavirus or by calling 119. If you test positive for coronavirus you can play your part to help stop the spread of the virus by sharing the contact details of those you have been in contact with. These people will then be alerted by NHS Test and Trace and advised to self-isolate.
For the latest Coronavirus advice and local services information, please visit woking.gov.uk/coronavirus