HEALTH bosses in Herefordshire say the county is doing well to bring the number of coronavirus cases down.

However, they say people should follow the health guidance to help get the county into the lowest level of restrictions.

The latest data shows that confirmed Covid-19 cases in Herefordshire per 100,000 is at 124 which is for the seven days leading up to November 21.

The government has placed the county in tier two which is the high level.

Restrictions in this tier mean you cannot socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble.

However, you can meet in a group of up to six outside – including in a garden, or a public place.

Shops, gyms and hairdressers can reopen if they are Covid-secure.

While pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals.

Pubs and restaurants can shut at 11pm, with last orders at 10pm.

Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller and collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume with some restrictions.

Non-essential foreign travel allowed, subject to quarantine rules people are advised not to travel to and from tier three areas.

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Herefordshire public health director Karen Wright said: “Our trajectory is that the rate is coming down which is absolutely great.

“The reason that is happening is that some of the mixing that took place in half term and before the lockdown resulted in infections but we are now seeing the benefit of the lockdown.

“We are in tier two you will be able to meet in up to groups of six outdoors.

“The key point is for people to respect the social distance and minimise contact.

“We are urging residents to keep themselves, family members and colleagues safe so that they can enjoy whichever winter festivals they want to do.

“The risk is that everyone rushes out to the shops. We have to support our local businesses but let’s be sensible and protect each other.

“Our ambition now is to get down to tier one.

“Overall, I think we are in a really good position.

“However, we have seen an increase in cases in over 60s and we don’t want to see that as it puts pressure on the NHS system.

“But communities have come together to support each other by following the rules.”