There was little change in the West Midlands today when Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the latest covid-19 tier restrictions for the region.
All districts in the West Midlands region will stay as they are except for Herefordshire which has dropped from tier 2 (high alert) to tier 1 (medium alert).
Restrictions will be reviewed every two weeks with most of the West Midlands being in tier 3 since the second national lockdown ended on December 2
The other tiers for the region as are follows:
West Midlands County (Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall and Wolverhampton)
Telford & Wrekin
One of the sectors to be most impacted in tier 3 is hospitality with pubs, cafés and restaurants allowed to open for takeaway only while sporting events must continue to be played behind closed doors.
And earlier this month Stratford-on-Avon District Council launched a legal challenge against the Government’s decision to place it in tier 3 with the rest of Warwickshire, saying its rate of cases meant it should be in tier 2.
Mr Hancock told the House of Commons today: “I know that many places in tier 3 have seen their rates reduce.”
But he warned that infection rates had not fallen quickly enough for restrictions to be reduced and “the vast majority of areas” in tier 3 would stay there.
Councillors in the West Midlands advised the Health Secretary in a meeting last week that Birmingham and the Black Country should remain in tier 3 while Solihull, where cases are relatively low, should be moved down a tier.
Mr Hancock added: “As we enter the coldest months, we must be vigilant and keep this virus under control.
“We must be cautious as we accelerate the vaccine deployment … we’ve come so far, we musn’t blow it now.
“Across the world, cases are rising once more.”