STOKE-ON-TRENT will be placed into Covid-19 Tier 2-level restrictions from Saturday (Oct 24), because of a spike in the number of people testing positive and a rise in hospital admissions.
As a result some new tighter rules will have to be followed by people across the city.
Stoke-on-Trent has a reported infection rate of 210.2 cases per 100,000 population for the seven days up to October 19, which is a jump of 24.5 from the previous day's figure.
The number of patients being treated for the virus at the Royal Stoke University Hospital has also increased sharply to 90 over the past fortnight.
Around 160 patients were being treated for Covid-19 at the hospital during the height of the pandemic in April.
The Staffordshire Moorlands has seen an even bigger rise in its virus infection rate, which has increased from 110.7 on Friday to 149.3 cases per 100,000.
Over 147 cases have been recorded in the district over the seven days.
What the new Tier 2 level restrictions mean:
you must not socialise in groups larger than 6, indoors or outdoors (other than where a legal exemption applies)
businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am
businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
schools and universities remain open
places of worship remain open, subject to the rule of 6
weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees
exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors, or indoors if the rule of 6 is followed; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport
wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated
You should continue to:
follow social distancing rules
work from home where you can effectively do so
when travelling, plan ahead or avoid busy times and routes; walk or cycle if you can
Find out more about the measures that apply in medium alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.