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By Rebecca Marano
Friday, 31st July 2020, 6:38 am
Updated Friday, 31st July 2020, 10:32 am

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Students enjoy the sunshine in the grounds of Kirkstall Abbey as the heatwave continues across the county. Picture Tony Johnson

Leeds news LIVE: Friday, July 31

Last updated: Friday, 31 July, 2020, 13:07

  • Leeds set for heatwave as temperatures soar to 31 degrees
  • People from different households in parts of West Yorkshire have been banned from meeting each other inside their homes or in gardens following a spike in virus case
  • Less than half of people in England understand the current coronavirus rules, compared to 90% during the stricter lockdown period, a study suggests.

Wedding receptions cancelled and casinos and bowling alleys to remain closed

Boris Johnson told a Downing Street briefing: "With those numbers creeping up, our assessment is that we should squeeze that brake pedal... in order to keep the virus under control.

"On Saturday August 1, you'll remember we had hoped to reopen a number of the higher-risk settings that had remained closed and today I'm saying we're postponing those changes for at least a fortnight.

"That means until August 15 at the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and the remaining close-contact services must remain closed.

"Indoor performances will not resume, pilots of larger gatherings in sports venues and conference centres will not take place, and wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted."

Boris Johnson added: "I know that the steps we are taking will be a real blow to many people, to everyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who cannot now celebrate Eid in the way that they would wish.

"And I'm really, really sorry about that but we cannot simply take the risk."

Face coverings mandatory in museums and places of worship from next week

Face coverings are to be mandatory in indoor settings where people are likely to come into contact with people they do not know, such as museums and places of worship, from August 8, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Flights will go ahead from Leeds Bradford Airport

Easing of lockdown restrictions postponed

The further easing of lockdown restrictions in England due on August 1, including allowing small wedding receptions and the reopening of bowling alleys and casinos, has been postponed for at least two weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

Boris Johnson currently holding a press briefing

We will update this blog with the key points.

Bradford Council confirms that it affects the whole district - including Ilkley

“I want to reassure residents across South Yorkshire that we are not included in the further restrictions that were announced last night. However, the situation remains precarious, and the risk of a second wave is still very real. We will only prevent one if we remain vigilant.    

“We all have a responsibility to play our part by closely following the official guidance from Public Health England. That means working from home where possible, regularly washing hands for at least 20 seconds, socially distancing, and keeping at least two metres away from people outside your household whenever possible. Crucially, you must get tested for COVID if you develop symptoms or otherwise suspect you might be infected.  

“This weekend, many people across the region will be out enjoying the good weather and some will be celebrating the festival of Eid. I would encourage everyone to take sensible precautions, to follow the official guidance and not to meet in large gatherings.

“I continue to work very closely with our Local Authorities and the NHS. We are keeping a watchful eye on the data for South Yorkshire and remain ready to act quickly if the evidence demands.  

“Only by continuing to work together and adhering to the guidance issued by Public Health England will we beat this virus.” 

Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region

Leeds Council has released a statement after the government introduced lockdown measures in some parts of West Yorkshire.

Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale are all subject to new lockdown measures after a spike in confirmed coronavirus cases.

Leeds Council releases statement after parts of West Yorkshire put into lockdown

Given the proximity of Leeds to the affected neighbouring areas, we would urge everyone to stay safe, keep social distance from others and get a test if you have symptoms. The changes to restrictions in parts of West Yorkshire announced by the government yesterday do not include Leeds and there are currently no changes to the guidance for those living and working in the city. However, we would urge anyone travelling in and around West Yorkshire to take extra care and stay safe by keeping up-to-date with the latest information and advice at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus”.

A Leeds City Council spokesman said:

West Yorkshire lockdown rules explained - Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees:

Parts of West Yorkshire have been placed under stricter lockdown measures.

This is due to a spike in coronavirus cases in the areas of Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the measures at 9.15pm on Thursday, July 30.

They came into effect at midnight on Friday, July 31.

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