Salisbury Business Improvement District

Wiltshire confirmed to be in Tier 2 ‘high’ category

26th November 2020

The Wiltshire Council local authority area, which includes Salisbury, has been confirmed to be in the Government’s COVID-19 Tier 2 ‘high’ category. This new tier system will replace the national restrictions on Wednesday 2nd December.

Before the current national restrictions Wiltshire was in the Tier 1 'medium' tier.

From Wednesday 2nd December:

• People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not in their support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
• People must also not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a garden or public space.
• Businesses and venues can remain open in a COVID secure manner, other than those which are closed by law (including nightclubs).
• Pubs and bars must close, unless they are operating as restaurants.
• Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
• Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to provide table service only. In premises which sell alcohol, they need to close between 11pm and 5am with some exemptions, and stop taking orders after 10pm
• Education settings remain open
• Council services such as leisure centres and libraries will be able to open their doors to the public again. Leisure centres are due to open on 3 December and a date for libraries to reopen will be confirmed in due course.
• Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.
• Outdoor street markets will be able to sell full range of items, not just food
• Places of worship remain open, but people must not attend or socialise in groups of more than six people while there, unless there's a legal exemption.

Grants for businesses are available via the Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme and the Additional Restrictions Grant Scheme (discretionary scheme). 

The government's full list of restrictions by area can be found here.

Wiltshire Council is hosting an online COVID-19 public update to talk people through everything they need to know and answer questions. It takes place on 8th December at 5pm and Wiltshire Council Leader, Cllr Philip Whitehead, will once again be joined by Terence Herbert, Chief Executive of Wiltshire Council, and Kate Blackburn, Director of Public Health to help guide people through the latest information and regulations. The live briefing will be broadcast via Microsoft Teams and viewers should use this link to access the broadcast.