The government plans to end the national restrictions at midnight next Tuesday 1 December, which means that the current national restriction rules are still in place until then and must be followed until they expire. But with the end of the national regulations, the headline messages are:
- the “stay at home” requirement will end, with domestic and international travel being permitted again, subject to Tier 3 advice
- shops, personal care, gyms and the wider leisure sector will largely reopen
- collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume, subject to social distancing
- people will no longer be limited to seeing only one other person in outdoor public spaces – the rule of 6 will now apply outdoors as it did in the previous set of tiers.
Whilst we won’t have the detail of the regulations until early next week, we understand that the government announcement for Leeds, and others in Tier 3, means that:
- no indoor household mixing and maximum of six outdoors in public spaces (eg parks)
- all hospitality closed with the exception of takeaway, drive through or delivery options; accommodation closed other than exceptions (eg business travel)
- retail, personal care (eg hairdressers open), gyms and leisure centres open (although classes can’t take place)
- advice is to work at home if you can
- places of worship are open but attendees cannot interact with anyone outside household/support bubble; 15 guests for weddings, 30 for funerals, no wedding receptions
- indoor entertainment venues closed; outdoor events should not take place (other than drive in events)
- advice is against travel out of the Tier 3 area other than where necessary for work or education or another exception
Down to the efforts and sacrifices everyone across the city is making, our infection and positivity rates are reducing, now at 296/100,000 and 11.8% respectively. But the NHS continues to be under significant pressure, with more Covid patients in Leeds hospitals than in April, and there are concerns as we head to the real winter pressures of January and February. Regrettably, the number of people dying from Covid has risen in recent weeks and our thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones at this difficult time.
It has been announced that the government will further review the Tiers on 16th December, so let’s do all we can to continue to reduce contact so that our infection rate continues to fall and that the number of Covid patients in hospital also reduces.
Remember to wash hands, wear a face covering, and make space and stay 2m apart from people you do not live with.