Following reports that Coronavirus cases in Leeds have been surging for week, officials have announced that the city will be placed on a local lockdown, with restrictions being enforced from midnight tonight.
The new restrictions, with Council Leader Judith Blake believes will be put into place imminently, have already been implemented in other areas of West Yorkshire such as Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees. Now, it’s expected that Leeds will be required to follow the same rules – which include not mixing with other households.
Speaking of the new restrictions, Council Leader Judith Blake has said: “The curfew came in at 10pm last night and I understand we had good compliance with that regulation.
“I understand that the four medical officers for the UK have put out a statement saying we are at the start of a second wave.
“We haven’t had a formal announcement from government yet. We have the expectation that we will be asked to move into a different category.
“Our understanding is that we will be moved onto the Area of Intervention list, which means we will see more household restrictions in line with Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale. We expect that these restrictions will come in from midnight tonight.”
Other nationwide restrictions will, of course, remain in place – with Leeds residents expected to continue working from home and hospitality businesses expected to close at 10pm. The additional rule will be that Leeds residents will not be able to mix with other households indoors by law. Outdoors, residents will be advised to avoid social interaction with other households.
An official announcement from the government is expected to take place later today.