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Norfolk and Suffolk to remain in Tier 2

Norfolk and Suffolk shall both remain under Tier 2 lockdown restrictions, following the Government’s two-week review.

On Thursday December 17, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the results of the review, which will see both counties remain in the second tier, meaning that hospitality venues will remain open and spectator sports may continue over the festive period.

Council leaders promptly responded to the announcement, which was in line with expectations.

Matt Hancock made the announcement today in the House of Commons.
Matt Hancock made the announcement today in the House of Commons.

Norfolk County Council leader Andrew Proctor said: “The Government has given us clarity, by confirming that Norfolk will remain in Tier 2.

“This was to be expected as part of the strategy to contain the virus.

“While this may be disappointing for many, I would encourage everyone to continue to follow the tier two rules and the Government’s latest advice on Christmas bubbles, so we can all play our part in driving cases down.”

In Suffolk, which has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, County Council leader Matthew Hicks said that despite not joining millions across the country in moving up to Tier 3 on Thursday, residents must remain vigilant as ever.

“Given where Suffolk was just three weeks ago, the increase in Covid-19 cases is shocking,” said Mr Hicks.

“It is the reality that we face however, and we must stand together and strong. Suffolk needs you now."

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