People have been getting to grips with the rules that apply under the new three-tier Covid-19 alert system announced by Boris Johnson yesterday.

Every area of the country has been placed in one of three categories – medium, high, or very high risk.

Thankfully for Coventry it has been classed as a tier 1/medium risk area – at least for the time being.

That means there is little change for now, though the system means all areas are under constant review.

Coventry’s infection rate has been rising – it currently stands at 139.43 per 100,000 people in the seven days to October 10.

And positive cases have also risen by more than 500 in the same period.

Coventry city centre from the air. Picture by Ryan Ginters
Coventry city centre from the air. Picture by Ryan Ginters

But that is considerably lower than some areas classified as tier 2 and tier 3 which face tougher restrictions.

Currently the Liverpool city region is the only area that has been given a tier 3 very high risk ranking, meaning it is subject to the toughest lockdown measures.

Coventry’s near neighbour Solihull, which was already subject to a local lockdown, was given a tier 2 high risk rating – as were Birmingham, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and Walsall.

There are fears Coventry could move into tier 2 if the infection rate continues to rise.

The tier 1 rules

So, what are the tier 1 rules people in Coventry need to adhere to?

The guidance for tier 1/medium risk areas is summarised by the Government as follows:

* You must not socialise in groups larger than six, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)

* Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law

* Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am

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* Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

* Schools and universities remain open

* Places of worship remain open, subject to the  rule of six

* Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees

* Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the  rule of six  is followed

You must:

* Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

You should continue to:

* Follow social distancing rules

* Work from home where you can effectively do so

* When travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes. Walk or cycle if you can

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