The government announced on Saturday (19 December) that plans to relax restrictions over Christmas have changed. The threat of a new strain of the coronavirus, which appears to be spreading quickly, was also highlighted.
The directive from central government is that Christmas bubbles can now be formed on Christmas Day (25 December) only. A maximum of three households can mix but overnight stays are not permitted.
The briefing also announced that, while Walsall remains in tier 3 Very High alert, a new tier 4 has been introduced.
Tier 4 is now in effect across London and large parts of the south east and Wales. Travel is not allowed in and out of tier 4 areas. While the new strain of COVID-19 was detected first in London and the South East, this variant is spreading rapidly across the country. Anybody who has recently travelled to Walsall from London and the South East should take extra care and self-isolate for at least 10 days when they arrive. This means remaining inside the house where they’re staying for the whole 10 days. Other people who live in the house do not need to self-isolate unless anyone gets symptoms but no visitors should be allowed in that house at all, even on Christmas Day.