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Staffordshire Moorlands stays in the very high alert category

Published on 18 December 2020

Staffordshire Moorlands, along with the rest of Staffordshire, remains in the very high alert category following this week's review of the Covid tiers by the Government.

It means that people should not meet up with those from other households indoors or in private gardens, although groups of up to a maximum of six can meet outdoors in public spaces such as parks, and hospitality businesses must stay closed.

Where possible people are advised to work from home and everyone should avoid non-essential travel and not stay overnight outside the area. Non-essential shops, gyms and close contact services such as hairdressers can stay open.

The Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Councillor Sybil Ralphs, said: "We've all made huge efforts to control the spread of coronavirus but keeping the Moorlands and the rest of Staffordshire in the very high alert category is a clear message that the virus is still circulating in our communities and we need to continue to be mindful of that at all times.

"We have been in tier 3 for a number of weeks now so people are well aware of the restrictions in place and the simple things we should all be doing to protect ourselves and others.

"Whilst remaining in this tier will be disappointing news for many it is not surprising and, as we approach Christmas, it's critical that we consider our loved ones and friends and take every necessary measure to protect them especially if you're thinking of getting together in a Christmas bubble.

"There is light at the end of tunnel with the roll-out of the vaccine and the new year promises a return to many of the things we've missed this year so, with that in mind, I would urge everyone to give careful consideration to their plans for Christmas and, as hard as it is, limit their contact with others in both the days leading up to the festive relaxation of the rules and during those days themselves.

"That way, we can hopefully get the virus under control so we can all look forward to the resumption of a more normal way of life with our friends and families in the coming months."

Johnny McMahon, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing at Staffordshire County Council, said: "The start of the roll out of both the vaccine and of our targeted community testing programme, for people without symptoms in identified Covid hotspots, promises to protect more people and break the chain of infection.

"If you live in a Covid hotspot then please do take part in our community testing programme for people without symptoms. Identifying more people who have the virus, so they can self-isolate, will help us reduce the spread of infection.

"It is going to take time for the vaccine in particular to take effect. So over Christmas and into the new year it is important that we all stick to the rules and think carefully about our plans, if we are to protect more lives and livelihoods, and persuade Government to ease the restrictions placed on the Moorlands and the rest of Staffordshire.

"We also all need to remember the basics of: washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping our distance. All are simple steps which, together, can make all the difference."

Between 23 and 27 December the rules will be relaxed to allow up to three households to meet up - but the advice is that this should not be viewed as a target and people should keep celebrations smaller and shorter to keep them safer.

For more information on Christmas bubbles and the tier 3 restrictions visit

For more information about the support available to residents and businesses in the Moorlands visit

For more information about Covid hotspots in the Moorlands go to