Leeds news LIVE: Tier 3 for Leeds as council holds meeting following Matt Hancock announcement

Leeds and the rest of West Yorkshire will be placed in Tier 3 from December

By Joe Cooper
Thursday, 26th November 2020, 5:51 pm

The Health Secretary made an announcement in Parliament this morning after the Government set out its Covid-19 “winter plan” earlier this week.

Leeds will be in TIER 3, the strictest tier of restrictions in the new local lockdown system.

Household mixing is banned and hospitality venues have to remain closed.

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The Tier system will see Leeds placed into Tier 3

Non-essential shops can reopen and the Rule of Six remains outside.

The infection rate in Leeds in 296 cases per 100,000 people.

Keep following for the announcement speech details as it is made here.

Leeds Council has confirmed the Tier 3 measures will be reviewed on December 16 - when the council will make the case for the city to be moved to Tier 2.

Leeds news LIVE: Council hold briefing as Tier 3 confirmed for Leeds

Last updated: Thursday, 26 November, 2020, 12:07

  • Leeds and West Yorkshire to go into Tier 3 from December 2
  • Mass testing for the city
  • Household mixing banned
  • Bars and restaurants to stay shut
  • Rule of Six applies outside
  • Non-essential shops can open

Leeds East MP Richard Burgon’s view:

What can and can’t you do in Tier 3 - a summary:

- you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

- hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

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The Tiers for every part of England:

What you can and cannot do in Tier 3

Leeds MPs have their say

After Leeds was placed in Tier 3, Alex Sobel, Labour MP for Leeds North West said on Twitter: “Leeds Covid rate has been rapidly reducing with rates now below 300 per 100k and the positivity rate also reducing meaning the trend should continue downwards. On this basis I would urge the Government to review the Tier 3 decision on a weekly basis for areas trending down.”

His colleague Fabian Hamilton, Labour MP for Leeds North East, said: “It’s clear that there will be a huge impact on our city’s economy, particularly the hospitality industry. The Government has to provide a proper financial package so our pubs and restaurants can survive into the new year.”

More details on exactly what Tier 3 means for Leeds here:

Lockdown Tier 3 announced for Leeds - what it means for the city and when it's in place

Leeds will be placed in Tier 3 local lockdown come December 2, according to the Government's postcode checker.

Leeds City Council leader Judith Blake has commented:

“The government has today (Nov 26) 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.”

More from Health Secretary Matt Hancocok

Matt Hancock said that the measures are necessary given the “scale of the threat” faced by the UK.

He told the Commons: “The majority of England will be in Tier 2, but in a significant number of areas I’m afraid (they) need to be in Tier 3 to bring case rates down.

“Now, I know how tough this is, both for areas that have been in restrictions for a long time like Leicester and Greater Manchester, and also for areas where cases have risen sharply like Bristol, the West Midlands and Kent.

“The full allocations have been published this morning and laid as a written ministerial statement just before this statement began.”

He added: “I understand the impact that these measures will have, but they are necessary given the scale of the threat that we face.”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the lockdown in England has “successfully turned the curve and begun to ease pressure on the NHS”.

He told the Commons: “Cases are down by 19% from a week ago and daily hospital admissions have fallen 7% in the last week.

“January and February are always difficult months for the NHS so it is vital we safeguard the gains we made.”

Leeds in Tier 3 - what it means

 - you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’

- hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

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