Residents and businesses in Tamworth are being asked to stay strong as move to Tier 4 is announced

As from midnight on December 30, Tamworth has been placed into the new Tier 4 restrictions, which comes with a government call for people to stay at home.

This announcement follows the 17 million people in London and the south-east of England who were placed in these restrictions on December 20.

Cllr Jeremy Oates, Tamworth’s lead Covid councillor, said: “With hospitals nearing capacity due to the normal winter pressures and the impact of Covid-19 cases rising locally and nationally, plus the identification of a new fast-spreading coronavirus strain, the government has placed Tamworth into Tier 4 restrictions.  

“This will come as a bitter blow to our residents and businesses, but it is important we all stick to the new rules and do everything possible to contain the virus, reduce the number of cases and get the restrictions lifted as quickly as possible.

“The public plays the key part in this battle. We all need to stay strong, stick to the new rules, look after ourselves, our families and loved ones, also remembering the basics: Hands face, space and test.”

The Tier 4 restrictions means:

  • Residents should stay at home, unless they have a "reasonable excuse" such as work or education
  • All non-essential retail will have to close, along with hairdressers, nail bars, and indoor entertainment venues
  • Gyms and indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts and dance studios must close
  • You cannot meet other people indoors, unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
  • People should not leave Tier 4 areas or travel abroad, except in limited circumstances (including work and education)   

Full details can be found at Tier 4: Stay at Home (www.gov.uk).

Cllr Jeremy Oates added: “Tamworth Borough Council staff are again working closely with the voluntary sector to make sure those identified as clinically extremely vulnerable receive help during this time if they need it.”

“Primary Schools will open as planned following the Christmas break, but with a phased return for secondary schools and colleges. Please note that schools will contact parents directly with their updated plans regarding any changes.”

All shops deemed non-essential, as well as hospitality, leisure and entertainment facilities are closed. This will also impact Tamworth market, but some stalls selling essential goods will still be available in the town on Saturdays and Tuesdays.

It is illegal for people to socialise with other households indoors or in a private garden, unless they are part of a support bubble. They will only be allowed to meet with one person from another household outdoors, in a park for example.

In line with the government guidance, Marmion House remains closed to members of the public. Our teams are working incredibly hard to maintain the most critical services and support to Tamworth residents can be accessed online at www.tamworth.gov.uk, via web chat, by emailing enquiries@tamworth.gov.uk or by phoning 01827 709709.

Waste and recycling collections are continuing as normal. All council play areas and outdoor gyms will remain open as will Tamworth’s public toilets in the Castle Grounds, following the winter timetable.

Tamworth Castle remains closed to members of the public. Updates will be posted to the Tamworth Castle website (www.tamworthcastle.co.uk) and social media channels.

For updates on our council services, funding and support, please visit our council website page: www.tamworth.gov.uk/coronavirus-public-health-information.

Cllr Daniel Cook, Leader of Tamworth Borough Council said: “This is not the news any of us wanted, after all the hard work and sacrifices made in trying to reduce the spread of infection.

“However, all our hard work does provide reasons for optimism – the vaccine roll-out in Staffordshire is well under way and our rapid community testing programme is advancing at a pace.

“We are still asking people to get tested if they have symptoms or if they live or work in a covid-19 hotspot.

“It is vital that we observe these new rules and that we do not lose sight of the basics of washing hands, wearing a face covering, keeping distance and getting tested when asked to do so.”

People in hotspots can book a rapid covid test at one of our community sites or via the national portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test  and choose “my local council has asked me to book a test”. This is even if you feel well and don’t have any symptoms.