Leeds will come out of lockdown and into tiered restrictions unless case rates change 'dramatically', say council bosses

Council leaders in Leeds have said the city will return to tiered restrictions when the national lockdown ends unless case rates change 'dramatically'.

Saturday, 14th November 2020, 9:57 am
Updated Saturday, 14th November 2020, 10:00 am

In an email sent to residents, Councillor Judith Blake, leader of Leeds City Council, and chief executive Tom Riordan, said they were aware the second lockdown is "particularly hard" for residents and businesses.

But they said with the current reported rate of infections in Leeds at 441 per 100,000, with positivity at 15.8 per cent, there needs to be dramatic changes to prevent the city from having restrictions imposed on it once again once the lockdown is over.

The email said: "The expectation is that at the end of the second lockdown on December 2, Leeds will re-enter a Tier with restrictions unless case rates and positivity changes dramatically.

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Leeds could have restrictions placed on it after lockdown if case rates and positivity doesn't change dramatically, council leaders have said.

"The Covid vaccine announcements this week provide some hope that we may, in the spring, be able to start to return to workplaces, visit our family and friends and go about our daily lives with fewer restrictions.

"However, any mass vaccine programme is still some time off so we need everyone to abide by the national measures and do everything they can to break the chain of the virus."

The reiterated called for people to stay 2m away from people they do not live with, wash hands regularly and for 20 seconds, cover your face in enclosed spaces and isolate when advised to or if needed to.

Leeds was part of a plan to put West Yorkshire into Tier 3 restrictions before the second national lockdown was implemented on November 5.