As expected, England is to revert to the Tier system of restrictions once the second lockdown ends on December 2nd. However, the tiers will be strengthened in a bid to allow families to meet up at Christmas. This, despite SAGE and others warning not to relax rules too much over Christmas and risk a major spike in cases after the festive period.
Here is what you need to know about each tier and how it will or won’t affect UK fenestration.
The new tiers
This is a breakdown of all the main points of each tier as stated by Government from their own website:
How will it affect UK fenestration?
In short, it won’t. Even during lockdown our sector was able to function, other than showrooms being closed. The Government says the tier system has been strengthened, although to me there hasn’t been a huge change from the original system before lockdown was introduced.
At the time of writing, there has been very strong speculation that the entirety of England will be placed in either Tier 2 or 3. No areas are going to be placed into Tier 1, which is going to be a huge disappointment after the news that families would be able to see each other at Christmas. As I understand it, Tier 1 is going to be the goal for those in Tier 2, with many areas of England being placed into Tier 3.
It’s also worth considering what is going to happen after Christmas. The plans for families to meet over Christmas will last for five days from December 23rd to 27th. However, SAGE recommended to the Government last week that for every day of “freedom” over Christmas, five days of hard lockdown afterwards would be required to make up for the movement of people during the festive period. Up to now, there hasn’t been much from the Government about those particular details. I suspect they don’t want to dampen the mood any further before Christmas. But it does remain highly likely that there may well be a further lockdown to compensate for the Christmas activity.
For UK fenestration, the above rules won’t affect how we conduct business. We should all continue to practise the usual COVID-secure measures we are used to. Should there be another lockdown after Christmas I suspect it will be similar to what we’re going through right now.
Also at the time of writing I have learned about some new potential guidance about to be released by the Government with regards to door canvassing and leaflet dropping. As soon as more information becomes available I will publish it on DGB.
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