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On Thursday 26th November, it was announced that Lincolnshire would be placed in Tier 3 after the national lockdown finishes next week.

In a speech to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the county would be in the highest category of legislation in the fight to control the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.

Leaders and figureheads have spoken out regarding the announcement.

“I am very disappointed to find out that Lincolnshire will be entering the highest tier of restrictions when the national lockdown comes to an end on December 2. However, I am deeply concerned for those who will be impacted especially for those businesses who face an extended period of being unable to open. We as a council will continue to work to support those affected as we have so far throughout the pandemic.

We have to acknowledge the seriousness of the situation and we must all now play our part in following the restrictions; I ask you all, our residents and businesses to make yourselves familiar with the new rules that will be coming into effect. If we all play our part, we will begin to see restrictions eased as the tiers are reviewed every two weeks (as announced by Government).”

Councillor Paul SkinnerLeader of Boston Borough Council

“Today’s announcement of the continued restrictions within Boston is not great news for the borough, however with residents working together and respecting the regulations set out, I firmly believe that we can quickly move back to tier 2, allowing for the hospitality industry to reopen fully, and allow hotels and pubs to open doors for the wider public.

The high street in Boston has depreciated in recent times, but I’m confident that, with continued investment of local businesses, we can pull around and become a thriving, welcoming and bustling market town again.

Smartmove Hotels continues to operate and support anyone needing accommodation throughout the pandemic, and I must thank my hard working staff who have adapted to the enhanced cleaning regimes to ensure our guests have a pleasant and safe stay in our portfolio of accommodation.”

Alistair ArundellDirector - Smartmove Hotel Group

“The Government has announced that Lincolnshire will indeed be bound by Tier 3 restrictions from 0001 on 2nd December.
Tier 3 is being allocated to areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections; NHS pressures in Lincolnshire remain high and show signs of increasing, particularly for the units treating the more serious covid cases.
I know how difficult today’s news will be for people in Boston & Skegness, and indeed across Lincolnshire as a whole. Let me be clear: I am hugely grateful to everyone who has obeyed the rules and, through no fault of their own, will still find themselves bound by such restrictions.
The tier allocations will be reviewed based on local data, and if it is safe to do so, we will be able to move to lighter restrictions. We will not be in Tier 3 forever, but the longer we take to bear down on the virus, the longer we will spend in the highest of tiers. These restrictions are not a boundary to push, they are rules that will keep people safe and stop our local NHS services from becoming overwhelmed.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel in the form of promising vaccine developments, but in the meantime we must pull together to make it through this winter period. We all have a personal and collective responsibility to our friends, family and neighbours.
Please take time to become acquainted with the Tier 3 rules on the below poster, but the current national restriction rules are still in place until 2 December and must be followed until they expire.”

Matt Warman MPMember of Parliament for Boston & Skegness

Tier 3: Very High alert

In tier 3:

  • People must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody they do not live with, or who is not in their support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.
  • Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.
  • Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
    • play centres and areas, cinemas, theatres and concert halls, trampolining parks,soft play, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades, adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms, snooker halls
  • Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (although indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
    • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves, aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions, model villages, museums, galleries and sculpture parks, botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses, theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs, visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes, landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms.
  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.
  • There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.
  • Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events.
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
  • Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place.
  • Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. See full guidance for exceptions.
  • People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
  • Travel to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays should be avoided, other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. Travel through other areas as part of a longer journey is permitted.