West Norfolk and the county as a whole has been placed in Tier 2 when next week’s lockdown restrictions end.

Tiers are set to be reviewed on Wednesday, December 16, but the High Alert restrictions mean people will be allowed to meet in groups of up to six but only outside, with no mixing of households indoors, except for support bubbles.

Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs.

Pubs can remain open but only if they are operating as restaurants.

In giving his reaction, county council leader Andrew Proctor said people had pulled together and the council had hoped the county would be in Tier 1.

“However, in reaching the decision the government has looked at how the virus is progressing, rates in the over 60s and the capacity of local hospitals, and concluded that the risk posed by household visits remains too high.”

He said the numbers were beginning to fall but urged people to follow national restrictions in place for another week.

Chief Constable for Norfolk Simon Bailey said the restrictions were in place to protect us all and the public “need to follow them”.

The new rules come as a new walk-in testing site opened at Lynnsport in King’s Lynn this week.

Speaking in his weekly column for Your Local Paper, North West Norfolk MP James Wild said the roll-out of testing was set to increase.

“It is also being extended to staff in food manufacturing,” he added.

The government confirmed this week that up to three households can form a Christmas bubble from December 23 to 27.

Mr Wild said: “It will be a judgement for family and friends to decide if they want to meet up and to think about vulnerable family members. 

“Nothing is risk free but Christmas is an important time particularly after such a difficult year.”

Figures from Public Health England for the week ending November 20 have shown the number of cases in the borough rose by 35 (19.4 per cent) to a total 215, with a rolling rate of 142 per 100,000.

Lynn town, South Lynn and West Lynn went up by five cases to 13 with a rolling rate of 115.9.

Downham Market rose by four cases to 10 with a rolling rate of 90.9.

Norfolk cases dropped by  335 (24.7 per cent), bringing the total number of cases down to 1,022 – a rolling rate 112.6.