The Government has put in some extra local restrictions in place in Leeds to help slow the spread of the virus. Leeds is tier 2 and the new rules came into force at one minute past midnight on the 14th October.
If you live in Leeds it is now against the law to:
- have guests inside your home
- go inside someone else’s home (in or outside of Leeds)
- meet people you do not live with inside any other indoor venue, such as a pub, cafe or restaurant (in or outside of Leeds)
- meet with more than 5 other people outside
If you do not follow these rules you are breaking the law and could be fined.
To get support for anything related to coronavirus and for more information about the new rules and restrictions in Leeds, visit the council’s website here https://www.leeds.gov.uk/coronavirus
Although Leeds has been put in tier 2, unless we can stabilise the number of infections in the city very soon – and they have been rising steadily – there is a real chance we will end up in tier 3 in which case pubs are likely to close. That’s why it’s so important that we all do our bit to reduce the number of contacts we have to help reduce the spread.
I don’t think this will be enough, however. The more contacts we have in the course of a day, the greater the risk that the virus will be passed on to each other and to those we live with. Therefore, society has to decide which contacts are going to be restricted while allowing essential activities – like children attending school – to continue.
In the current circumstances where we are losing control of the virus, there is no option that will protect every sector of the economy. I think a circuit break, as recommended to ministers by SAGE on 21 September, will be needed and the sooner the better, with a package of support for all the businesses affected.