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Statement following government announcement that Leeds will move into Tier 3 on December 2

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Local restriction tiers: what you need to know. Sets out the local restriction tier system that will be in place from Wednesday 2 December, including what you can and cannot do in each tier.

Remember, ‘Hands. Face. Space’:

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“The government has announced that Leeds will move into Tier 3 restrictions after the current lockdown ends. The new restrictions will come into force on December 2.

“Whilst local councils have not been involved in discussions around which tier they will move into, we have been working closely with our partners and communities in Leeds to ensure we are prepared for changes to restrictions and that support is in place that will minimise the impact on our residents and businesses as much as possible.

“I would also like to once again thank the people of Leeds for their patience, diligence and compassion over what has been an incredibly challenging time for the city.

“There is light at the end of the tunnel and if we continue to do all that we can to protect ourselves and each other, we can and will emerge from this crisis together.”

This is for areas with a very high or very rapidly rising level of infections, where tighter restrictions are in place. In tier 3:

  • you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training
  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:
  • indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • skating rinks
  • amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • laser quests and escape rooms
  • cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • snooker halls
  • indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within:
  • zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves
  • aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • museums, galleries and sculpture parks
  • botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses
  • theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs
  • visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
  • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
  • there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
  • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
  • places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.

The new rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2 December. You will be able to use the postcode checker to find out the restrictions in your area or an area you plan to visit. The NHS COVID-19 app will be updated on 2 December.

Leeds City Council delivers extra support for businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions. Businesses struggling to cope with the effects of COVID-19 restrictions have been handed new sources of funding support by Leeds City Council. The council has already awarded more than 2,100 grants worth a combined £3.39m to businesses in the city forced to close due to the latest national measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Now two more business support schemes have been launched that will deliver additional help in Leeds.

One is aimed at hospitality venues and accommodation providers that have suffered financially as a result of the local restrictions introduced in the city on September 25.

The other is intended to help businesses cover fixed non-domestic property costs such as mortgage payments, rent and service charges.

Applications for the property costs grants opened today, Wednesday, November 25, with an initial two-week window to December 8 available for people to make a claim. Businesses that are home-based or have property costs under £4,000 a year do not qualify for these grants. However, the council is working on a scheme that will offer assistance to home-based businesses, with details due to be announced as soon as possible. As has been well documented, some self-employed people have found it difficult to access income support during the crisis and it is this group that the council will be endeavouring to help with the next stage of its grants package.

The national restrictions scheme for businesses required to close under the country-wide lockdown that began on November 5 also remains open for applications.

Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council said:

“We appreciate that these are extremely difficult times for businesses affected by the pandemic and the council is determined to do everything it can to provide support.

“The funding schemes have been put in place to ensure as many people as possible have access to the help they need.

“I would encourage all businesses across the city to check what is on offer and, if eligible, submit an application for a grant.”

For further information about the schemes and links to the online application process, visit www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus/business Eligible businesses can ask for help from all three funds and could receive as much as £10,000 across the board.

For general information about support and advice being offered by Leeds City Council, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus

Source Leeds City Council