West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and East Riding will move into tier 3 following the national lockdown, the government has confirmed. The areas will be placed on the toughest restrictions in the country from December 2, with stricter rules implemented following four-weeks under ‘stay at home’ orders.
Under the new, stricter tier 3 rules, hospitality businesses will be ordered to remain closed (except for takeaways), and households will be unable to mix in any indoor setting, as well as a number of outdoor settings. The news comes as fears that the Christmas lockdown-break will cause a sharp increase in cases, with many concerned that it could send us back into lockdown in the new year.
Tier 3 areas:
- West Yorkshire
- South Yorkshire
- The Humber
- Redcar & Cleveland
Tier 2 areas:
- North Yorkshire (exc. Redcar & Cleveland, Middlesbrough)
Families in all areas will still be allowed to meet over the Christmas lockdown-break, with three households able to celebrate over a five-day period.
These are the changes to the tiering system:
- In tier 1, the Government will reinforce the importance that, where people can work from home, they should do so.
- In tier 2, hospitality settings that serve alcohol must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals.
- In tier 3, hospitality will close except for delivery, drive-through and takeaway, hotels and other accommodation providers must close (except for specific exemptions, such as people staying for work purposes, where people are attending a funeral, or where they cannot return home) and indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres and bowling allies must also close. Elite sport will be played without spectators. Organised outdoor sport can resume, but the Government will advise against higher risk contact sports. Hairdressers and personal care businesses (inc. gyms) may remain open.
Each area will be reviewed every 14 days, with the first review taking place ahead of December 16.