Matt Hancock made his speech in the House of Commons this afternoon in which he has announced that North Yorkshire will be joining the rest of Yorkshire in Tier 3 as cases rise rapidly in the area. The changes will take effect as of one minute past midnight tomorrow morning.
The move means that pubs and restaurants in North Yorkshire will have to join the rest of the Yorkshire and close the doors, for everything except takeaways, delivery and click and collect as of midnight tonight. Matt Hancock discussed that these steps were ‘absolutely necessary’ to stop the spread of the new strain of COVID-19 – which has seen huge spikes of the new strain in recent weeks.
North Yorkshire residents will not be able to meet anybody indoors that they do not live with – the rule of six will apply in outdoor settings. Visiting care homes can still take place with substantial screenings, visiting pods and window visits. Sports and leisure facilities will remain open but group classes will not go ahead.
In his speech he discussed that it is a bittersweet day in the fight against coronavirus as the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved. Hancock said, “From the beginning we’ve focused on the vaccine as a way out of this pandemic and now it’s a reality.”
The new virus is cheaper and is much more easier to transport as it does not have to be kept at a certain tempreture. Matt Hancock says that “thanks to the approval of this vaccine, along with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, the end is in sight.” He says that normal life will return and “all that entails.”