|New COVID-19 dashboard now live on the council website
The new dashboard is updated daily and provides information including the number of daily cases, total cases and the weekly rate per 100,000 for the county and for each area (Aylesbury Vale, Chiltern, South Bucks and Wycombe)Local contact tracing service now liveTo assist the National Test and Trace service (NTAT) Buckinghamshire Council has launched a local initiative to support those that have recently tested positive for COVID-19. The project went live this week (30 November) and is designed to complement NTAT. It forms part of the continued work to keep the residents of Buckinghamshire safe from the coronavirus.
Where NTAT are unable to make contact with a resident, Buckinghamshire Council will be supporting by calling residents from its dedicated number, 01296 585167. The team of trained staff will offer advice and support to residents who’ve tested positive to COVID-19 as well identifying those that they have been in close contact with, so the national service can contact them and advise them to self-isolate.
We will be preparing residents by issuing a series of communications urging them to ‘answer the call’. The dedicated number will reassure residents that the call is from the council and prepare them for the kind of questions we will be asking and the advice on hand. The service will be running seven days a week. Further information is available in the official press release.
Guidance on Christmas arrangements and local tier restrictions
From 2 – 23 December local tier restrictions apply:
Buckinghamshire is currently in Tier 2 (high alert). However, the tiers will be reviewed every two weeks, starting on 16 December so it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest guidance. The guidelines for Tier 2 area are summarised below:
Meeting friends and family – no meeting indoors and the rule of six applies outdoors
Visiting bars, pubs and restaurants – you must not mix with anyone who is not part of your household or support bubble when you are indoors.
Visiting churches and other places of worship – you can attend places of worship for a service. However, you must not socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble. Social distancing guidelines must be adhered to at all times. This means people should be 2 metres apart or more than 1 metre apart as well as taking extra steps to stay safe (such as wearing face coverings).
Visiting shops and Christmas markets – you must not mix with anyone who is not part of your household or support bubble when you are indoors.
Attending events, including performances and Christmas lighting ceremonies – The current national tier 2 restrictions in Buckinghamshire are that we must not mix with anyone from another household or support bubble indoors, and we must stick to the rule of 6 outdoors. There are, however, some exemptions for events, pending risk assessments and event management.
Travelling within the UK – If you travel from a Tier 2 area to a Tier 1 area, you must continue to follow the Tier 2 rules. You should also avoid travel to, or overnight stays in a Tier 3 area unless it is essential. Please note all neighbouring areas to Buckinghamshire are also in Tier 2 apart from Slough, which is in Tier 3. If you are travelling to a Tier 3 area, please take the time to read the Tier 3 advice as these areas are currently subject to different regulations.
Travelling abroad – The latest rules and travel advice can be found on the government website.
Christmas Week (23-27 December) the following guidelines apply:
From 28 December, including New Year’s Eve:
Additional guidance is provided on the government website.