Bristol now in coronavirus tier called 1 plus – what it means – Bristol Live

Bristol is in a new coronavirus tier called ‘1 plus’, says Mayor Marvin Rees.

Rising cases in recent weeks have led to questions over whether the city could be placed in Tier 2, stopping households mixing indoors.

But in a press conference today (October 28), Mr Rees described a new tier which appears not to have been mentioned or implemented anywhere else in the country.

He said “we are looking at a Tier 1 plus approach” with “targeted actions” to reduce the spread of the virus.

The Mayor added the national Test and Trace scheme is “failing” and said Bristol City Council will introduce eight covid-19 marshals as part of a compliance drive to ensure covid-safe behaviour in the area.

He said if the new measures don’t work then Bristol faces the “inevitable” prospect of Tiers 2 and 3.

The Mayor explained Tier 1 involves three parts: using data to provide messages on how to safely use public spaces, taking on parts of Test and Trace, and ensuring compliance.

“We regard ourselves now as being in Tier 1 plus,” said Bristol’s director of public health Christina Gray.

Ms Gray said the Tier 1+ concept was a local one, and not a national one. She said it had been discussed by local authorities throughout the South West but Bristol is the first place to try it.

She added the council has received £3million in outbreak control money from the Government.

The council will use this funding for additional resources for Test and Trace responsibilities, although the testing itself is paid for centrally.

Ms Gray said the rate in under-30s is “under control and coming down”, but the rate in the 30-60 age group is going up and “worrying” her.

The council is also assessing what level of financial support would be needed from central Government to support people during potential Tier 2 restrictions.

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There will be a two or three-week delay before we see the effect of the interventions, so “we are in a very very critical place, I can’t emphasise that enough”, Ms Gray added.

She believes household mixing is at the root of the rising tide of infections among working age adults.

“The Tier 1 plus is because we recognise the importance of maintaining people’s livelihoods, and the hospitality sector is the most difficult to manage safely,” she added.

“In order to keep open, we need to drive down infections.”

To see how the full conference unfolded, click here.