Further restrictions have been introduced across parts of West Yorkshire to curb rising infection rates, agreed in collaboration with local leaders.
Parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale have escalated to areas of intervention, with new restrictions.
Regulations and guidance will come into force from Tuesday the 22nd of September.
In close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to introduce local measures in several parts of the North and Midlands.
This follows major increases in COVID-19 cases in large areas of Yorkshire which mean the following restrictions must be urgently brought in to clamp down on infections.
This means that, in addition to the national restrictions, in all parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale from the 22nd September you cannot:
Meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble.
Visit someone else's home or garden even if they live outside of Kirklees.
Socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues - such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.
Visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.
Some wards in these areas had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban.
Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock said:
We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.
He continued: “I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission.“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’. By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”
These decisions have been made in close collaboration with local leaders, with many requesting restrictions to help prevent further increase.
The changes are in addition to the ‘Rule of six’ which was introduced nationwide on Monday, limiting the number of people who can gather indoors or outdoors to six. This rule is in place across the country and will sit alongside additional restrictions in some local areas.
The changes come as the weekly surveillance report is published by PHE, with a number of updates to this week’s Local Authority watchlist, published on gov.uk.
PHE, the JBC and NHS Test and Trace constantly monitor the levels of infection and other data on prevalence of the virus across the country. As has always been the case, measures are kept under constant review to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.
In accordance to this:
Blaby has become an area of enhanced support
Selby and Scarborough have been added as areas of concern.
Hospitality and leisure venues such as restaurants and cafes must now by law take contact details from customers to help with tracing the spread of Covid-19. The new rules came into force on Friday 18 September.
Hospitality has been one of the hardest hit areas of the economy.
WATCH: Chris Kiddey has this report from Sheffield.