16 December 2020 20:33

Emily Maitlis Newsnight Dominic Cummings

AN announcement on whether Bradford will remain in Tier 3 or be moved into more lenient Tier 2 Covid-19 restrictions is expected to be made on Thursday. The Government is due to be meeting today to decide on any changes to what tier of restrictions different areas will be in over Christmas, with their decision expected tomorrow. Bradford is currently in Tier 3 after the number of infections in the district rose too high in recent months, but since the end of November it has seen the infection rate in the district drop to around the national average. Bradford Council and cross party MPs in the district have all called for Bradford to move into Tier 2 restrictions following the progress made in recent weeks, and to allow the economy to get going again and to lessen the impact of long-term health problems the pandemic has caused. Bradford East MP Imran Hussain also demanded more clarity around how areas can change tiers ahead of the Government's decisions due to be made today.

Announcement on changes to Covid-19 tiers due on Thursday

It was already announced on Monday that London and areas of the South East would be moved into Tier 3 earlier than changes in the rest of the country as infections in the capital rose sharply following the end of national lockdown. What is the difference between Tier 2 and Tier 3? Bradford, along with West Yorkshire and the bulk of the North and Midlands, is currently in Tier 3 restrictions. This means the hospitality sector is shut down except for takeaways, people cannot meet with other households except in outdoor public spaces in groups of six, and indoor and outdoor entertainment venues such as theatres and sports stadiums have remained shut. In Tier 2, entertainment venues can reopen with limited numbers - up to 2,000 or 50 per cent capacity, whichever is lowest, in sports grounds. The hospitality sector is also able to reopen, but alcohol can only be served with a "substantial meal" - which according to Government ministers can range from a full three course meal to a Scotch egg. You can also meet in groups of six in private outdoor spaces such as gardens.