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Residents in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash urged to heed extra restrictions

Published on Friday 16 October 2020

Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash will enter the ‘high’ COVID local alert level after a surge in coronavirus cases, it has been announced yesterday.


Although cases are rising across Derbyshire, cases in the 3 areas remain among the highest in the county.

In Chesterfield the rate of infection is at 118 per 100,000 people. North East Derbyshire is at 149 per 100,000 people and Erewash is at 153 per 100,000.

Speaking in the Commons today, Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock MP, announced that Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Erewash will be put into tier 2 of the government’s COVID alert system – and will be placed on ‘high’ alert from 12.01am on Saturday 17 October 2020.

The announcement comes after discussions between the government, council leaders and MPs on how to manage the infection rate rise in the 3 districts.

As well as following the continued guidance to wash hands, stay apart and wear a face covering it means:

Derbyshire’s Director of Public Health Dean Wallace, who is leading the county’s response to the outbreak, urged people to follow the tighter ‘lockdown’ rules.

“We all have a duty to do everything it takes to stop the spread of this highly contagious virus.

“The steep rise in the numbers of cases is deeply concerning, although not surprising given Chesterfield and North East are so close to Sheffield, and Erewash borders Nottinghamshire, which are all currently on ‘high’ alert and under extra restrictions. It’s more important than ever that we all work together to beat this.

“I’m really proud of the way Derbyshire communities have supported each other through this epidemic but this isn’t over – we simply can’t afford to take our eye off the ball.

“I realise that these extra restrictions for these areas will be frustrating but they are also necessary as we’re seeing a lot of community transmission.

“I cannot emphasise enough that from Saturday people from different households should not be mixing indoors, unless it is with people who are in their ‘bubble’ and they should stick to the ‘rule of 6’ when outside.

“I know it’s difficult but I’m asking everyone to summon their famous Derbyshire spirit and play their part to keep themselves, their family, friends and colleagues safe.”

The extra restrictions will be reviewed after 4 weeks.

Residents will be able to check if they live in an area with extra restrictions using a new online postcode checker .

They will also be able to see at a glance what restrictions are in place for their area based on the government’s new alert system.

Council Leader Councillor Barry Lewis added:

“We are working closely with the government, and our MPs, and it is clear that we are at a tipping point. With winter approaching it is vital that we get the spread of this virus under control so that we can protect the most vulnerable members of our communities.

“So my message to everyone is: ‘Let’s do this for Derbyshire’.”

View more general information about coronavirus, how and when to get a test, when to self-isolate, how to access support and the numbers of cases in Derbyshire.




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