Kirklees in Tier 2 of new restrictions system
Government has announced that Kirklees is within Tier 2 of the new COVID-19 restrictions system to be introduced Wednesday 14 October.
This means that in Kirklees you can meet with people from other households outdoors – including private gardens and public places – in groups of up to six.
However, you cannot meet with people from other households indoors – unless they are in your support bubble. This includes in private homes, hospitality settings such as pubs and restaurants and other public indoor places.
Pubs, bars and restaurants can remain open subject to the 10pm curfew already in place.
Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, said:
“There is still plenty to discuss with government about how the new system of restrictions will work. We need to understand how areas enter and exit each tier and what kind of local discretion there is for restrictions that do and don’t work. We also need to know more about the economic support that will be available for people and businesses in Kirklees who are struggling now and how we can support recovery.
I will continue to have those discussions with government over the coming days because clarity is the key to making restrictions work.
My message to people in Kirklees remains the same. Infection rates are rising and we are seeing pressure on the NHS increase. This means that everyone needs to keep following the rules on social distancing, hand washing and isolating if you have symptoms. This is the best way we can protect each other and get our freedoms back.”
What Tier 2 means:
- People must not socialise with anybody outside of their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place.
- People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
- Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed in law.
- Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10 pm and 5 am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10 pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
- Schools, universities and places of worship remain open.
- Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.
- Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).
- People can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible.
- Wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated.
People should continue to:
- Follow social distancing rules.
- Work from home where they can effectively do so.
- Walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.