Covid restrictions: York moves into 'Tier 2'

Tier 2 'high' Covid-19 restrictions have come into force in the city of York.

The move from the lowest alert level took effect at 00:01 this morning. The city is now on 'high' alert, and indoor household meetings will be banned, on top of the restrictions already in place.

Watch Kris Jepson's report here:

Covid tiers: What are the differences between each alert level?

  • Medium (Tier 1) - Rule of six applies indoors and outdoors. Pubs and restaurants close at 10pm.

  • High (Tier 2) - Households must not mix indoors in any setting including pubs and restaurants. Rule of six applies outdoors

  • Very high (Tier 3) - Households must not mix indoors, or in private gardens. Rule of six applies in outdoor spaces including parks. Pubs and bars which don't serve meals will be closed

What are the rules for York?

National restrictions remain in place which includes the rule of six and 10pm curfew.

  • All businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a Covid-Secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law, such as nightclubs.

  • Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm 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

  • Organised indoor sport and exercise classes can continue to take place, provided the Rule of Six is followed

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

  • People must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space.

  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

Next week, the City of York Council setting up its own test and trace system to help reduce infections.

The new measures placed more than 28 million people in England into the top two tiers of restrictions.