North Somerset is likely to move into a higher tier of restrictions – in step with the wider Bristol region – when the national lockdown ends, council bosses say.
Council chiefs say that the level of tier North Somerset will sit in could be in part be decided by the geography of the health system – currently shared with Bristol and South Gloucestershire – as well as local cases.
Before the second national lockdown came into force, North Somerset was in the lowest level of restrictions, tier one, and deemed of medium risk.
Now, due to rising levels of coronavirus cases across the district in recent weeks, council bosses say it is likely North Somerset will move up into a higher tier when the Government lockdown ends on December 2.
The exact tier has yet to be decided, with a decision expected later this week.
The latest reported seven-day rate for North Somerset is 305.0 per 100,000 which is an increase on last week’s rate.
The comparable South West seven-day rate is 195.4 and the England rate is 273.4.
A total of cases were confirmed in North Somerset during the last seven days.
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A North Somerset Council spokesman said: “We are working with our neighbouring councils as well as partners in the NHS, including public health, hospitals, and GPs, to plan ahead for how North Somerset will come out of the current national restrictions in place across England.
“Our discussions with Government and our local partners suggest that there may be a preference from Government for the levels of alert to be decided based on the geography of the local health system – in our case, shared with Bristol and South Gloucestershire.
“The higher rates of infection we are still seeing in Bristol and South Gloucestershire alongside our own increasing infection rates mean it is likely we will find ourselves in one of the higher levels of alert after 2 December.
“We are waiting for guidance from Government about the national plans for the tier system.”
The mobile testing units at Castlewood, Clevedon, and Locking Road car park, Weston-super-Mare, will be operating seven days a week until at least 30 November.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a new tier system of coronavirus restrictions when the lockdown in England ends on December 2.
The measures will be similar to the ones in place before a second lockdown was introduced on November 5, but it is believed they will be stricter.
The Prime Minister is expected to detail his plan for winter to MP today as he sets out how people can see their loved ones at Christmas.
The tiers are expected to be strengthened to safeguard gains made during national lockdown.