What is Tier 3 and what does it mean for Leeds?
- Household mixing is banned anywhere indoors
- Two households can mix in limited circumstances in parks and fields, but only if observing the rule of six
- Non essential shops can reopen following the national lockdown - Tier 3 allows shops to be open
- Pubs, bars and restaurants cannot open their doors - they must operate for collection and delivery only
- People in Tier 3 are advised not to travel outside their area
- Hotels must close and overnight stays outside the local area are not permitted
- Wedding receptions are banned in Tier 3 areas but ceremonies can go ahead with 15 guests
- Funerals will allow up to 30 guests only
- Large sport events are banned from taking place but drive-in events like drive-in cinemas will be allowed
The majority of England will be in Tier 2, where the restrictions mean a ban on households mixing indoors and pubs, and restaurants only able to sell alcohol with a “substantial meal”.
Which part of Yorkshire is Leeds in?
Leeds is in West Yorkshire. The whole of West Yorkshire is currently subject to Tier 3 restrictions.
Some parts of Leeds are on the border with North Yorkshire - this guide explains which side of the restrictions you will fall under.
What is the current Covid situation in Leeds?
Case rates have dropped significantly in Leeds. The infection rate in Leeds stood at 200.8 cases per 100,000 people as of November 30.
This has dropped from 439 per 100,000 earlier in the month, and down from rates which were above 600 before the second national lockdown.
The Tier in Leeds will be reviewed on December 16, so it is possible that Leeds will move into Tier 2 in time for Christmas.
Indeed, Leeds Council leader Judith Blake said that Leeds could be put into Tier 2 if residents in the city keep working hard to bring the rates down.
What tier are other parts of Yorkshire in?
Leeds is in Tier 3
All of West Yorkshire is in Tier 3
Sheffield and all of South Yorkshire is in Tier 3
North Yorkshire is in Tier 2
Hull and East Yorkshire is in Tier 3
Why is this Tier 3 lockdown being put in place?
Leeds Council Leader Judith Blake 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.”
What does it mean for Christmas?
Boris Johnson announced his winter Covid plan this week. It will allow three households - strictly three - to mix for up to five days through December 23 to 27.
There is no suggestion that the Tier changes for different areas will affect the Christmas plans, which are said to apply to all of England equally regardless of the Tier an area is placed in.
Can I travel to other areas?
- hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed in Tier 3 areas – however they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.
- 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- The government has advised to 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.
- However, you can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
- Government guidance says that ‘wherever possible, people should avoid travelling and minimise social contact’.
- Tier 3 areas are advised not to travel to Tier 2 or Tier 1 areas
- If you live in a Tier 2 area you can travel to a Tier 1 area - however must continue to follow the rules of Tier 2