Ilkley and Keighley won't now be moving into the Tier 3 'Very High' Covid Alert level this week as previously planned.
The West Yorkshire Combined Authority made the announcement on Saturday night, following the news that the whole of England will be put into new lockdown measures for 4 weeks from Thursday 5th November.
The Bradford district was due to move into Tier 3 from Monday 2nd, under plans only announced a few days ago. However, following the statement from the Prime Minister on Saturday night about a new national lockdown, West Yorkshire will now remain in Tier 2 until the England-wide rules come in later this week.
As of Thursday (5th November), the following will apply across all areas of England:
- All non-essential retail will close, including pubs, restaurants, entertainment venues and leisure facilities except for takeaways.
- People will only be able to leave their home for specific reasons including work, essential shopping, exercise and in case of emergencies.
- Other businesses including building and manufacturing will remain open provided they follow Government guidance.
- Early years, schools and further and higher education will remain open.
- There will be further restrictions on household mixing.
- There is a determination to keep the NHS open and #StillHereToHelp
- Vulnerable people are asked to minimise their contact with others.
Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council, said: “I asked the Secretary of State twice last week whether the country was going into national lockdown and was told firmly no. This latest Government announcement, coming only two days after the announcement that Bradford and West Yorkshire was to enter Tier 3 Very High restrictions, will understandably therefore be confusing for residents and businesses alike. All the Tier 3 regulations we briefed residents and businesses on, on Friday are now irrelevant and we must wait for fresh information from Government on Monday.
"Just a couple of days ago Government were impressing upon us, as Leaders in West Yorkshire, that the health emergency was very urgent. The new Tier 3 restrictions were therefore due to start Monday. Now we hear it’s going to be national restrictions from Thursday. If it was urgent on Thursday, it’s certainly urgent today and I would therefore make a plea to all residents and businesses to be extra careful from now on, don’t wait until Thursday to exercise extra caution.
“If you can stay at home do, stay apart from others, wash your hands and wear a face covering in indoor public spaces. The infection rate is extremely high and our hospitals are getting an increasing number of admissions.
“We are determined to work with our West Yorkshire partners to make sure we get the right support for our area so that we limit the damage these restrictions will cause for businesses and communities.
“I want to repeat the plea that I made to our residents last week: to stay apart, wear a face covering indoors and wash your hands. And if you get COVID please self-isolate for the whole 10 days.”