Written by on October 29, 2020

Luton will be moved into Tier 2 coronavirus restrictions from Saturday 31 October following a sharp increase in cases.

The change from Medium to High-Alert level means:

  • People MUST NOT meet with anybody outside of their household, support bubble or essential carers in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People MUST NOT meet with people they don’t live with, in groups of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like parks
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If travel is necessary, they should walk or cycle where possible

The number of cases in Luton per 100,000 rose to 164.7 for the week ending 25 October compared to 138.0 for the previous week.

In a joint statement, Hazel Simmons MBE, Leader of Luton Council, and Lucy Hubber, Luton’s Interim Director of Public Health said: “Infections are continuing to rise across the town, with a hugely worrying increase in confirmed positive cases in the over 60s who are much more vulnerable to the disease.

“Sadly we are also seeing admissions to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital rising and tragically Covid-19 related deaths in our communities.

“While Luton’s infection rates are still lower than some areas of the country, the current trajectory makes it clear that action is needed now in order to contain the spread of the virus. Reluctantly, due to the evidence, we have accepted the position of moving up to tier 2.

“We are confident our communities will pull together like they always do and give us a great chance of moving back to medium-alert so we don’t get stuck with these restrictions which will impact on our businesses and communities.

“We can only do this with the continued support of our communities – and now more than ever we are asking for your help to act together and follow the guidelines.”

Read the full statement here.

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