Wednesday, November 25, 2020

West Yorkshire moving to Tier Three restrictions

West Yorkshire is moving into Tier Three restrictions to combat the growing spread of coronavirus.

The region will move into Very High restrictions from 00.01 Monday 2 November.

Under these rules, no household mixing is permitted, indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues of private gardens. Pubs and bars not serving meals will be closed and people are discouraged from travelling in and out of the area. Moreover, betting shops and auction houses, among others, must close.

To help deal with the impact, West Yorkshire Councils have secured a package worth an additional £59.3m to begin to help support West Yorkshire through this time.

The funding includes a one-off additional amount of £20 per head – worth £46.6 million – and a total of £8 per head to support enhanced test and trace and contain measures – resulting in an additional £12.7 million.

In a statement, Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said: “We have had to strike a very careful balance between the health of our people, of our economy and of our NHS this winter. There was an urgent and compelling need to take action – we simply didn’t have the luxury of delay. But we are working around the clock to minimise the impact on our businesses and our economy.

“The brutal reality driving our decisions is the sheer number of cases in South Yorkshire. While there have been signs of a levelling off in Sheffield, numbers continue to rise in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, and we’re seeing transmission from younger to older people. Hospitalisations are increasing at an alarming rate, and faster than in other regions.

“I don’t want the residents and businesses of South Yorkshire to endure Tier 3 restrictions for a moment longer than is absolutely necessary. The way to come out of them at the earliest opportunity is to have fewer positive cases and a drop in the number of people in hospital with COVID.

“Efforts are being stepped up to get the virus under control by increasing our testing and tracing capacity locally, so those who have symptoms can get tested, and so we can trace the contact of anyone who has the virus. I’m in daily contact with our Council leaders, Ministers, the NHS and public health about the situation in South Yorkshire and ensuring we are doing everything possible to turn the tide.

“Meanwhile, we are working at pace to get the £30 million support package to businesses who need it. I’m acutely aware of the economic hardship the restrictions are causing.

“But it’s only by doing the right thing that we can come out of Tier 3. We need people across South Yorkshire to follow the guidance not just for themselves, but for family, friends, neighbours and community. Our route through this is by sticking together and working together.”

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, said: “The health and livelihoods of our communities are at very serious risk, so it was imperative we got the best deal possible to protect our people and city.  We have succeeded in negotiating a substantial package of financial support and commitments for businesses and our communities, with much of the business support in addition to existing government support schemes, which is a significant development.

“The introduction of any restrictions on life in Leeds is never something any of us want to see, but keeping our residents and communities safe and protecting the health, care and other front line workers to whom we owe so much has to be our absolute priority.

“This past week we have seen just how much the people of Leeds will unite to support their own and we must draw on that same inspirational compassion and indomitable spirit now as together, we enter the next phase of our fight against this dreadful virus.

“We will continue to work with our partners, communities and local businesses to ensure they are given the absolute maximum support available and we would ask everyone in Leeds to carry on standing together as a city and doing their part to look after each other.”

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