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Cambridge City Council

Cambridge to enter Tier 4 local Covid alert

News release from 23 December 2020

CAMBRIDGE city has been placed in Tier 4 of the national Covid alert system along with the rest of Cambridgeshire, starting from 12.01am on Saturday 26 December. 

This means that people cannot leave or be outside of the place they are living unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ which includes: 

  • work or volunteering, where people cannot work from home 
  • essential activities such as to buy food or medicine 
  • exercise and recreation alone, in a public outdoor place with their household, support bubble or on their own with one other person if maintaining social distancing  

Full details of what Tier 4 means for people living in Cambridge are on the government website:  

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council, said: “The latest local data shows that the rate of confirmed cases in both Cambridgeshire and Cambridge city, even without Christmas socialising, was projected to double over the next six days, making Tier 4 unavoidable and the only way to protect everyone, particularly our over 60s.

“We also have to protect both Addenbrooke’s and Papworth against the risk of there being such a surge in early January that they wouldn’t have the capacity to care for really ill people.

“Given that, we have to ask people even at this late stage to rethink plans for Christmas Day too, and not to take risks that could spread the virus.

“We are effectively going back to lockdown, so if people want to party before Christmas and on Christmas Day it really has to be restricted to their immediate household only. 

“The day to start reducing the spread of the new virus strain is today.” 

All Cambridge residents are urged to keep to the Tier 4 guidance and continue to remember ‘Hands, Face, Space’: 

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds 
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet 
  • space – stay two metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings)  

Help available from the council and its partners is detailed here:  

Information about financial support is available here:  


National advice is available here: