With new guidelines having now come into effect in England and Wales, people living in each country are facing different restrictions.
From 6pm on 4th December, travel between Wales and Tier 3 areas in England is not allowed but travel between Wales and Tier 2 areas (such as Cheshire West and Chester) is permitted.
The advice from council bosses, however, is to think carefully before travelling and to follow the Welsh government message which encourages people to “think about what they should do, not about what they can.”
Cheshire’s Tier 2 restrictions mean that residents can travel to venues in the area and in Wales, or for reasons such as work or education, but we’re being urged to reduce the number of journeys made wherever possible.
Hospitality venues in Cheshire which serve food can open but must close at 11pm, while in Wales alcohol sales are banned and hospitality venues must close at 6pm.
Despite the differences in restrictions, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Flintshire Council and Wrexham Council have the same public health message, asking residents and visitors to observe the restrictions – including social distancing rules, to cover faces whilst indoors and wash hands regularly.
Cllr Louise Gittins, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “This week, we have welcomed people back to our shops and restaurants.
“The advice for residents and visitors is to act safely, take a careful approach and adhere to the Covid restrictions in place here.
“We note the changes in Wales from 4th December and we have been working with colleagues in Wales in advising people to follow their local Covid-19 regulations.
“The same public health advice applies to visitors from Wales as it does to people visiting Wales from England: hands, face, space.”
Cllr Ian Roberts, leader of bordering Flintshire County Council added: “The easing of travel restrictions into and out of Wales will be welcomed by many people and businesses, who will be relieved that they can travel a little more freely.
“However, we all need to think carefully about our reasons for travelling across the border and the implications of doing so without properly considering the advice and guidance of the Welsh and UK Governments.
“Together we have worked so hard over the last few months to meet the challenges that the pandemic has presented to everyone.
“Let’s keep working to meet these challenges and make sure that when travelling, within the new rules, we act responsibly and with consideration towards others.”
You can read more on Cheshire West and Chester’s new Tier 2 restrictions here.
For information on Wales’ government guidance click here.
In England, under Tier 2 the advice is:
You can continue to travel to venues that are open, or for reasons such as work or education, but you should reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.
Walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public
transport. This will allow you to practise social distancing while you travel.
Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble.
If you need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance.
In Wales, the advice on traveling into England is:
There are restrictions in place for travel out of Wales.
People living in Wales cannot travel to areas of England in tier three or areas of Scotland in level three or above.
In these circumstances, travel out of Wales is only allowed under limited circumstances, such as for work or education.
Travel to other parts of the UK is not limited in law. However, we continue to encourage everyone to think carefully about our own lives and what changes we can make to reduce our risk.
This includes thinking carefully about travelling. The virus thrives wherever and whenever we are in close contact with others.
In particular, it’s strongly advise against travel which is not necessary to tier one or two areas in England or areas in Scotland in level two because of the risk of spreading the virus.
If you travel abroad, depending on where you go, you may also be required to self-isolate for 14 days on your return. This applies if you have visited a non-exempt country or territory.