LUDLOW MP and former health minister Philip Dunne says that the decision to move Ludlow and south Shropshire into the tougher tier two regime is ‘challenging’ for business but that the rules must be followed.

But it is not what the hospitality sector in the area wanted to hear.

The High level – Tier 2 – means people will not be able to socialise with anyone they do not live with, or is not in their support bubble, in any indoor setting. People will be able to meet outside, according to the rule of six.

Businesses, including retail, and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs. Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants, but will be able to sell food and drink for consumption off the premises as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.

“Tier 2 is not without considerable challenges, but it does mean businesses and hospitality offering meals will be able to operate in a modified and COVID-secure way in the run up to Christmas, which is welcome,” said Mr Dunne.

“It is encouraging to see COVID19 cases coming down through the current national measures, and it will be important to sustain this downward trajectory of cases once we return to the tiered approach, to give Shropshire the best chance to moving to the Tier 1 level as soon as possible.”

“If you live in a Tier 2 area, you must continue to follow Tier 2 rules if you travel to a Tier 1 area.

“People should avoid travel to, or overnight stays in, Tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

“You can travel through a Tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey.

More information on Tier 2 restrictions can be found at: