Gloomy New year as we descend into Tier Four

Somerset is now in Tier 4 lockdown, along with three quarters of the rest of the country.

The rules are similar to the last national lockdown

  • Pubs, bars and restaurants can only serve takeaway
  • Hotels must close their doors 
  • Indoor gyms and leisure centres must close
  • No shooting or golf
  • Personal care services and non-essential retail must close
  • People living in Tier 4 cannot bubble with other households
  • Residents should stay at home as much as possible
  • Residents should not enter or leave Tier 4 areas unless for essential reasons
  • Residents from Tier 4 areas should not stay overnight in other areas
  • They cannot go abroad apart from “limited exceptions” such as work
  • People should work from home if they can
  • Communal worship may continue 
  • Weddings and civil partnerships can only take place in exceptional circumstances, with a limit of six attendees.

Here is the official Government communique for South Somerset District:

 Confirmed cases

A confirmed case is where a person has had a positive test result for Coronavirus.

There were 58 new people with a confirmed positive test result reported on 30 December 2020.(December 22: 55)

Total number of people who have had a confirmed positive test result as of 30 December 2020 was 2,574. (December 22: 2182)


There were 6 new deaths within 28 days of a positive test for Coronavirus reported on 30 December 2020. (22 December: None)

Total number of people who have died within 28 days of testing positive for Coronavirus as of 29 December 2020 was 86. (21 December: 77).

Positive Covid tests in Wincanton, Cheriton, Charlton Horethorne (includes Horsington Marsh):  17 December:17, 24 December :14

Templecombe, Henstridge, Milborne Port (Included Horsington Village):17 December: 6, 24 Dec:11.

Yeovil Hospital: On 30 December There were 7 new cases , and  66 patients (22 Dec:60), of whom 5 are on ventilation. 22Dec: 3).

Happy New year everyone. Things can only get better (or not).-Ed

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