Bristol mayor Marvin Rees says city in ‘Tier 1 plus’ to control spread of coronavirus
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Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol, said the city had been in discussion with the Department for Health and Social Care and local partners in the NHS and across the city over the past few weeks.
“Our rates in Bristol are rising and we are currently in Tier 1, which is the ‘medium’ local Covid alert level,” Mr Rees said.
“Within this tier, we are taking targeted actions including the introduction of eight Covid marshals, deeper analytic work to identify rising tides of cases and taking on further powers of our local test-and-trace service to prevent further spread of the virus and protect our communities.
“These actions are being called Tier 1 plus. Any further actions will be based on what we’re seeing locally and through discussion with our local partners across the city and central government.”
However, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Social Care said it was not introducing a plus system after Bristol city council described its latest measures to reduce the spread of coronavirus as “Tier 1 plus”.
“There are three local Covid alert levels which are enshrined in law and we are not considering the introduction of a ‘plus’ system,” she said.