Why clarity is crucial for Leeds as city leaves lockdown and enters Tier 3 - the YEP says

This is a critical moment for Leeds.

Wednesday, 2nd December 2020, 6:00 am
We have to continue to pull together as a city to ensure that we continue to protect ourselves and each other. Picture: Shutterstock

Today we come out of the second national lockdown but we are plunged back into tier three restrictions.

There is a caveat: these measures are tougher than pre-lockdown and will hit parts of our city even harder than before, especially our hospitality sector in the run-up to their busiest time of the year.

Council leader Judith Blake has told the YEP that she is hopeful Leeds is on the right track to move towards tier two restrictions before Christmas.

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But we need clarity as a city of exactly what we must do to ensure that we know what the “end game” looks like, as we try to manoeuvre our way through the different sanctions.

This isn’t about Government playground tactics - this is about livelihoods and, most of all, peoples’ lives.

It is a sobering reminder that yesterday the city mourned the loss of 1,000 lives since the outbreak of the pandemic.

We have to continue to pull together as a city to ensure that we continue to protect ourselves and each other.

And clarity is more crucial than ever.

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