Nottinghamshire enters Tier 3 lockdown - what does it mean for Leeds?

The whole of Nottinghamshire is likely to face Tier 3 restrictions by the end of the week, subject to last-minute changes

Wednesday, 28th October 2020, 3:12 pm
Updated Thursday, 29th October 2020, 2:23 pm
Coronavirus restrictions have been brought in in Nottinghamshire

Talks between the Government and local leaders in the northern parts of the county have concluded, but negotiations are ongoing as to what the exact measures needed will be.

It is understood the restrictions are now likely to come into force county-wide on Friday. In these areas, social mixing is banned both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as a restaurant.

Bristol has also been put into Tier 1 plus, which apparently is the same as Tier 1 except with slightly more emphasis on track and trace.

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But what do the changes mean for Leeds and how do they affect Leeds residents?

Leeds is still in Tier 2 as is the rest of West Yorkshire - but that could change soon as hospital admissions continue to increase.

Reports suggest talks are getting closer and that it is a matter of when, not if, Leeds will be placed into Tier 3.

Currently, South Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire are in Tier 3, so it means that Leeds residents will be discouraged from entering those areas.

-> The fines for breaking Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions in full- Leeds residents cannot visit family in South Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire inside their household or even inside a private garden

- Leeds residents CAN travel to South Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire, for example for work

- Leeds residents can travel to South Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire to mix households in open public spaces such as a field, but it is advised against

- Leeds residents can travel to South Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire for education, youth services or to care for someone

- Leeds residents should not stay overnight in South Yorkshire or Nottinghamshire although it is not illegal - merely advised against

- The government advice says: "You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey.

"You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere."

What do Tier 3 restrictions mean?

In Greater Manchester, the new measures could lead to the closure of more than 1,800 pubs and 140 wine bars, as well as 277 betting shops and 12 casinos, according to the real estate adviser Altus Group.

In the Liverpool City Region, indoor gyms and fitness studios were forced to shut, alongside sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos.

Gyms in Merseyside are now allowed to reopen in line with other areas under the toughest local lockdown restrictions.

Gyms remain open in Lancashire but the adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas were made to shut.

Shops and places of worship can remain open, as can schools and colleges, while universities must reflect wider restrictions with the option to move to greater online provision.

The exact details of the Nottinghamshire rules have not yet been made clear.

Up to 15 guests are allowed at weddings and 30 people can attend funerals, with 15 allowed at wakes, but wedding receptions are not permitted.

People living in Tier 3 areas are advised against overnight stays in other parts of the UK and should avoid travel where possible in and out of the area, unless it is for work, education or caring responsibilities.

Number 10 confirmed that, under Tier 2 and 3 rules on household mixing, people can still meet up for work meetings indoors under certain circumstances.