Croscombe in Tier 2

New Covid 19 rules come into force on the 3rd of December.

The government will be lifting the national Covid lockdown restrictions, and plan to place Croscombe (and the rest of the Somerset County Council area) in Tier Two.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, has indicated he will review the tier regulations on December 16th. Full details are here:
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know.

The new restrictions are as follows:

1: You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

2: You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

3: Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

4: Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals

5: Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:

• provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
• close between 11pm and 5am
• stop taking orders after 10pm

6: Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink 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

7: Public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

8: Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

9: Places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

10: Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

11: Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue

12: Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing

13: You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

14: If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area [currently Cornwall and the Isle of Wight]. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey. Currently Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire are in tier three.

For a full list of which tiers areas you are in look here.

For information on how support bubble work, read this.

Please remember the usual Hands, Face & Space regulations apply as well as Tier Two regulations.

Village facilities

We are a friendly and caring village, so please continue to keep an eye out for neighbours who may be on their own and vulnerable at this challenging time, or who may need help with shopping or other practical support.

If you have concerns for yourself or anyone else in the village please contact us. Our contact details are on our website or contact our Croscombe Parish Council Chair Mick Rogers on 01749 572875.

The NHS responder helpline for vulnerable people needing transport, prescriptions or shopping etc is 08081963646.

The George: Shop
The shop is open 8am to 2pm (Monday to Sunday)

Takeaway menu from 12pm to 2pm daily and Wednesday to Saturdays 5pm  to 8pm

Hermes service is available during shop hours and also available during takeaway evening hours

Updates available via The George’s website: https://www.thegeorgeinn.co.uk/

The Children’s playground on the playing fields will be able to remain open

The Church

The Church is currently staying closed during the week however we are able to resume our fortnightly communion services from 6th December at 10.30.  Also on Christmas Day we will be holding a Family Communion service at 10.30.We are finalising an online zoom Christingle service and a Zoom carol service for December – details to follow. Weekly Services also still continue on line.

Any queries please contact Rev Chris Butler butlerchristine19@gmail.com 01749 899061

The Village hall will not be able to host any functions after Wednesday of this week until the 2nd December