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Date published: 24th December 2020

With North Norfolk joining the rest of the county in moving to Tier 4 Covid-19 regulations from Boxing Day, the District Council is urging all residents to help stop the spread of the virus by staying at home as much as possible – and we are also asking visitors to stay away from the area.

Though outdoor exercise is still permitted, with Tier 4 regulations restricting travel between areas North Norfolk’s beaches, seafront areas and parks should only be used by local residents.

With this in mind, Cromer Pier will be closed from Boxing Day. Holt Country Park and Pretty Corner Woods will remain open for use by local residents taking their daily exercise.

Under Tier 4 regulations, you cannot leave your home or the place where you are living for holidays or overnight stays unless you have a reasonable excuse for doing so. This means that holidays in the UK and abroad are not allowed. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if that is not your primary residence. This also includes staying with anyone you don’t live with unless they are in your support bubble.

You are only allowed to stay overnight away from your home if you:

  • are visiting your support bubble
  • are unable to return to your main residence
  • need accommodation while moving house
  • need accommodation to attend a funeral or related commemorative event
  • require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services
  • are a child requiring accommodation for school or care
  • are homeless, seeking asylum or a vulnerable person seeking refuge
  • are an elite athlete or their support staff or parent, if the athlete is under 18 and it is necessary to be outside of the home for training or competition

If you are already on holiday in a Tier 4 area, you should return to your home as soon as practical.

Guest accommodation providers such as hotels, B&Bs and caravan parks may remain open for the specific reasons set out in law, including where guests are unable to return to their main residence, use that guest accommodation as their main residence, need accommodation while moving house, are self-isolating as required by law, or would otherwise be made homeless as a result of the accommodation closing.

North Norfolk District Council Leader Sarah Bütikofer commented: “We support the decision for North Norfolk to join the rest of the county in moving to Tier 4 status from Boxing Day. Adhering to these regulations will be tough for all of us, particularly at this festive time of the year, but if we all pull together as we have during previous phases of the Coronavirus crisis, together we can help to control and slow the spread of the virus at this critical time for the whole country.

“Previously in North Norfolk, thanks in no small part to the diligence of local residents in sticking to the guidelines, we have been fortunate to have had some of the lowest Covid infection statistics in England. But I’m afraid to say that has now changed, with our numbers of positive cases climbing rapidly in the last two weeks to unprecedented levels.

“The new variant of Covid discovered in the UK is greatly accelerating the rate at which the virus is spreading – and adhering to the Tier 4 regulations is the necessary response to this.

“As such we urge all of our residents to familiarise themselves with the Tier 4 rules and stick to them. And we must also ask visitors from outside our district to please avoid coming to North Norfolk except for essential journeys. When the current crisis has eased and it is once again safe to visit our beautiful part of the world, we will of course give you all a warm welcome as always.”

A statement from Norfolk County Council regarding the County’s Tier 4 status and including can be read here 

Full details of the Tier 4 regulations can be read on the Government’s website here 

Last updated: 24th December 2020