THERE is relief this lunchtime as Eastbourne stays in Tier 2.

Hastings and Rother are in Tier 3.

Previously, we were judged as a county but that has now changed.

Matt Hancock told MPs: “We’ve come so far, we mustn’t blow it now.”

The first review of the strengthened tiered system of coronavirus restrictions comes ahead of a relaxation of the rules over Christmas.

From 23 to 27 December, people across the UK will be able to mix in private homes with those in their “Christmas bubble”, while travel restrictions will also be lifted.

Hastings and Rother will move to Tier 3: Very High Alert from Saturday morning.

Hastings now has 507 cases per 100,000 people (6-12 December).

The average area in England has 165 cases per 100,000.

Under Tier 3 you must: – Follow the specific rules in your local area

– Not mix with other households indoors

– Only meet people outdoors in open public spaces in groups of up to six –

Avoid travel, unless it’s essential. Some businesses and venues will now need to close.