Tier 3! Isle of Wight jumps up from Tier 1

After having been one of the three places in the UK in Tier 1, it’s just been announced that the Isle of Wight has now been placed in Tier 3 from Boxing Day. Here are the details of what it means

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Following the designation today (Wednesday) of the Isle of Wight as a Tier 3 area, residents are being urged to continue to play their part to #KeepTheIslandSafe from Coronavirus (Covid-19).

From Boxing Day (Saturday 26th December), the Island will move into tougher Tier 3 restrictions — also known as alert level very high — following a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in recent days.

Cornwall (and the Isles of Scilly) and Herefordshire (the other Tier 1 areas) will be escalated to Tier 2.

Tier 3 rules
In Tier 3, people must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The ‘rule of six’ applies in open public spaces such as parks and beaches.

Hospitality, such as pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes, are allowed to stay open for takeaway, drive-through or delivery service only.

Full details are available on the new rules can be found on the Government Website or in the graphic below.

Help stop the spread of the virus
Meanwhile, residents can help by taking the following simple steps to limit the spread of the virus:

  • Wear a face covering in enclosed environments.
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Maintain social distancing including when meeting six people outside.
  • Self-isolate when infection is suspected or confirmed.
  • Ensure your home is well ventilated.

Last week the Government gave details of a new variant of coronavirus which led to large parts of the south east — including Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant — being placed into a new Tier 4 level of restrictions.

Stewart: I am really disappointed for all of our local businesses
Isle of Wight Council leader Dave Stewart said: 

“The data suggests the new variant of the virus transmits more easily than other strains but there is currently no evidence that it is more likely to cause severe disease or mortality.

“Sadly, I fear the Coronavirus variant may have already reached the Island as our new case rates are increasing rapidly.

“So soon after the good news about the vaccine roll out, if anyone needed a reminder about how serious a threat coronavirus remains, then this is it.

“Like other Tier 1 areas, we’ve seen cases sharply rising  which is clearly the wrong direction and going into Tier 3 now brings additional restrictions and pressures, particularly for our local economy, that nobody wanted to see.

“This definitely isn’t the news we wanted, but we’ll continue working with our MP, the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and local business organisations to understand the full implications for our residents, our businesses and of course for people’s health and wellbeing.

“I am really disappointed for all of our local businesses that have worked so hard with us to operate in a Covid-secure way. I doubt they could have done any more and want to thank them for what they have done. We will do all we can to support them during what I know will be a difficult time.

“Taking personal responsibility and making good choices continues to be the best way to protect yourself and those you love from the virus. We must all take action to protect each other and our hospital capacity.

“The gradual introduction of vaccines and testing in the coming months will assist us in this challenge, but I can only urge, it is what we all do will make the biggest difference.

“It remains imperative that everyone on the Island follows the rules laid out. This is going to mean difficulties, tough choices and personal sacrifices but it’s the best way to beat Covid-19, get infection rates down and for the Island to gain back the upper hand against this deadly virus.

“Let’s remember, there was life before the pandemic and all of the signs are hopeful that we can return to something of that life in 2021.”

Bryant: Infections on the Island are rising
Simon Bryant, the Island’s director of public health, said:

“Infections on the Island are rising and we need to do all we can to prevent the spread of infection.

“I want to thank everyone for continuing to follow the rules which has helped to save lives. If you do have symptoms, please immediately get a Covid-19 test and self-isolate.

“It is even more important we observe the guidelines of hands-face-space-ventilate even more closely than before. Remember, around one in three people with Covid-19 have no symptoms so could be spreading the virus without realising.”

Available support
Support is available to those who need it through the council’s Covid-19 helpline (01983) 823600.

This helpline is for anyone who needs help because of self-isolation, who is alone with no local network of friends, family or neighbours and needs support, or who feels vulnerable and may need assistance with:

  • help to access pharmacy medication delivery services and healthcare needs;
  • access to online shopping delivery services or small essential shopping requests;
  • signposting to partner agencies for support with issues arising from isolation including welfare, finance, mental health, childcare issues, crisis advice and support or other caring responsibilities.

For further information, visit keeptheislandsafe.org

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Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020 3:18pm


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16 Comments on "Tier 3! Isle of Wight jumps up from Tier 1"

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14th October….509 cases. Before the IOW was promoted as the place to visit during half term. 22nd December….1,153 cases. No restriction on people travelling during the first lockdown. No restriction on people travelling during November lockdown. First weekend in December, IOW Police were the busiest station in Hampshire with many coming over from tier 3/4 areas to use and abuse the Islands pubs. Friday 18th and Saturday… Read more »

26th December…..1,294 reported cases on the Island!
A rise of 141 in just three days.
Take care and stay safe.

Benny C
There are plenty of holidaymakers and Londoners here. Interesting that 5 days after the Thursday London exodus our hit rate rises so fast. I encountered several Welsh families earlier today, not distancing or wearing masks. Very nice people on the face of it but underneath the veneer clearly they don’t give a damn. They said they’re here on holiday. Wouldn’t reveal where they are staying, said the… Read more »

Time for Dave Stewart, along with whoever heads Hampshire police force and whoever heads the Iw police force, who all could have acted to protect the island, and have been derelict in their duty to the IW community


Have I missed something here? Portsmouth (and much of south-east) tier 4, pubs shut – miserable Christmas – IW tier 1, pubs open – happy Christmas. No restrictions on travelling from Portsmouth to IW – no questions asked. Is this cynical, or obvious?

Benny C

Let’s face it, Xmas without a strong flow of cheap alcohol would be unthinkable. Folks might be required to grow up.

Rhos yr Alarch

Am rather surprised that Bournemouth is not on the Tier 3 list, when there are serious hotspots there – likewise Wychavon in Worcestershire, which is also still in Tier 2. Looks like the spread will continue…


So, on Boxing Day, the hotels will close and the ferries will be cut back!!!!
How do we get over the gridlock at the ports?

Benny C
Could it be that those travelling here will end up having nowhere open to visit, only supermarket food options, reduced ferries,etc! Nice holiday. You’ve travelled from tier 3 or 4 to err tier 3. Smart. And police are now watching the roads far more closely, as is happening in Yorkshire. Cards once marked, whether you’re fined or not, get you stopped more often. Fact. Aww, diddums. My… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch
It would be tragic indeed if any of those coming here from the mainland thinking it was “safer” for them, become infected and need hospital care, only to find there is less available space in our local hospital than in their own home area. I note infections in central Cowes are (as of 21st Dec on the Interactive Map) higher than in many districts of Portsmouth or… Read more »

This new virus hasn’t just spread here… I think this new strain is simply just mutating wherever it is. It will mutate throughout the world… Just my thoughts.

Viruses mutate – it’s one of their characteristics so panicking because they’ve done just that is just crazy. Total overkill knee jerk panic reactions like the ill-conceived announcement at the weekend and now this do more harm than good. They claimed that the new mutation “could be” responsible for the spike in cases, particularly in schools, during lockdown so what do they propose as a solution? Effectively… Read more »
Rhos yr Alarch

Until 26th there are four areas in Tier 1 – Cornwall, Herefordshire, the I.W. and the Isles of Scilly…

Rhos yr Alarch
How do they know there are more ‘cases’ when they are being tested with a test not testing for the ‘virus’? How can they test for a ‘mutation’ with a test that can’t test for the ‘original’? The creator of the ‘test’ – the RTPCR test – said that it cannot be used to test for infectious viruses and other infectious agents because that is not what… Read more »

You and others continually make the claim that the creator of the PCR test has said that ‘it cannot be used to test for infectious viruses and other infectious agents’.

Please provide evidence of this. Thanks in advance.