31 December 2020 10:33

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What Tier 3 lockdown rules mean for York and North Yorkshire

After just a week under Tier 1 restrictions, Herefordshire was placed back into the stricter Tier 2 from Boxing Day as the Government said the picture in Herefordshire had "deteriorated", with case rates in all ages increasing by nearly 80 per cent in the week before the review on December 23. • trampolining parks (other than for elite athletes, people with a disability, supervised activities for children and for formal education or training purposes) • indoor skating rinks (other than for elite athletes, professional dancers and choreographers, people with a disability, supervised activities for children and for formal education or training purposes) • outdoor tourism and entertainment venues can remain open subject to following the relevant rules and guidelines • outdoor cinemas, theatres and concert venues can remain open for drive-in only, but must close at 11pm, other than for the purposes of concluding a performance which began before 10pm • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead Group events should not take place, unless there's a specific legal exemption to the social contact rules e.g. support groups, supervised activities for children You must not meet socially (in a private garden or at most outdoor public venues), However, you can see friends and family you do not live with (or do not have a support bubble with) in some outdoor public places, in a group of up to 6. Where possible, you should stay local and avoid travelling outside your local area, meaning your village or town, or part of a city. People should continue to travel for reasons such as work, education, medical attention or if they have caring responsibilities. You can still travel to venues that are open, or for reasons such as work or education, but you should reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.

You should still avoid travelling outside your tier 3 area other than for the reasons such as those above. Devon has been placed in Tier 3 of the Government's coronavirus restrictions. York and North Yorkshire will move into Tier 3 restrictions following today's tier review. Health secretary Matt Hancock confirmed the changes as part of the tier system review for England, with more areas moving into Tier 4 from tomorrow. York and North Yorkshire - which were in Tier 2 - has seen rising infection rates and cases and will now join the rest of Yorkshire in Tier 3 restrictions.

Hambleton, York and Scarborough also now have infection rates in the 200s, far higher than many current Tier 3 areas of Yorkshire. What Tier 3 restrictions mean for York and North Yorkshire York and North Yorkshire were the only parts of Yorkshire that are not in Tier 3 restrictions, but will move into Tier 3 at 00:01 on New Year's Eve - tomorrow. Under Tier 3 restrictions, people may not meet with anyone outside of their household or support bubble in most outdoor spaces, which includes private gardens and hospitality venues. However, the rule of six for outdoor gatherings in public spaces - such as parks, beaches and countryside - applies in Tier 3 areas. People living in Tier 3 areas may also meet those they do not live with, or do not have a support bubble with, in allotments, the grounds of heritage sites, outdoor sports courts and facilities and playgrounds - providing they stick to the rule of six.

In Tier 3, all hospitality venues must close except for takeaway services, so those living in York and North Yorkshire will no longer be able to go for a sit-down meal. Entertainment and tourist venues in Tier 3 areas must also close, including indoor play areas and soft play centres, casinos, bingo halls and bowling alleys. People living under Tier 3 restrictions are asked to work from home where they are able to, otherwise they may continue to go to work (even if this means travelling to an area under a different tier). People are also permitted to continue working normally if they provide childcare, so those living under Tier 3 rules may still use the services of a childminder. People living under Tier 3 restrictions are asked to avoid non-local travel where possible and are advised to stay local.

There are a number of exceptions and other rules for Tier 3 areas which have been laid out in the government guidance. Matt Hancock announces more areas going into Tier 4 Liverpool and North Yorkshire will now be subject to Tier 3 restrictions. Health Secretary Matt Hancock addressed MPs from the House of Commons discussing the new Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine, in addition to the sharply rising rate of coronavirus cases across the UK which is putting hospitals under increasing pressure. Millions more poeple are now facing tighter Covid restrictions as the Government extends Tier 4 rules to cover more areas of England. READ MORE: Tier 4: What areas have moved into Tier 4 after Hancock announcement Liverpool moves into Tier 3: What are the rules in Tier 3 areas?

Liverpool moves into Tier 3: Millions of people have been moved into tougher restrictions What are the rules for Tier 3 areas? In Tier 3 areas the following rules apply: No mixing of households indoors, or most outdoor places, apart from support bubbles. You should avoid travelling out of the area, other than where necessary such as for work, education, youth services, medical attention or because of caring responsibilities. No overnight stays outside of local area are permitted, unless necessary for work, education or similar reasons. Places of worship can stay open, but you can only interact with your household or support bubble. Exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people should avoid higher-risk contact activity. Group exercise activities and sports indoors should not take place, unless with household or bubble. READ MORE Coronavirus LIVE updates: Tier 4 changes imminent as Hancock toughens What other areas will move to Tier 3 at the same time?