No one will think this is a surprise. But many will think it a disappointment. Ludlow, Shropshire and Telford and Wrekin will remain in Tier 2 until after Christmas. The mood music has been against lowering our tier status for the last week. Covid-19 rates have been rising locally and nationally. We have the high risk Christmas relaxation in social mixing ahead of us. That’s a populist gesture from Boris Johnson which has no support from the scientists he once claimed were informing his policy. The decision not to move to our area to Tier 1 is a grim blow for Ludlow’s hospitality businesses. Especially as Herefordshire has gained Tier 1 status today. Our unique selling point as a market town is good food and drink. But it is also the sociability of our pubs, cafes and restaurants. Johnson’s “cavalry” is coming over the hill to vaccinate us all. But what we need is a gallop not the trot that we are seeing.