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Ilkley moves to 'Tier 3 Very High' after lockdown

Once the national lockdown ends on 2 December, Ilkley and the whole of West Yorkshire will be placed under the harshest 'Tier 3 Very High' restrictions.

All shops are allowed to reopen as well as personal care services such as hairdressers and barbers.

Indoor entertainment venues will be closed and households are not permitted to mix indoors or in most outdoor places, except for support bubble exemptions.

The government has promised that areas in the top tier will be able to receive rapid-result COVID-19 tests, with the Army helping out, to help bring down infections, as well as cash subsidies.

The tier levels will be regularly reviewed and changes could be made before Christmas, the first review is scheduled for Wednesday 16 December.

The main differences between the national restrictions and the new Tier 3 restrictions mean that:

  • People can socialise in a group of up to 6 in some outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.

  • People can attend COVID-safe places of worship but must avoid mingling.

  • Non-essential retail can re-open.

The Tier 3 Very High restrictions also mean that:

  • People must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody they do not live with, or who is not in their support bubble. This includes in any private garden.

  • People can attend COVID- safe places of worship but must avoid mingling.

  • Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces unless in exceptional circumstances. Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are restricted to 15 people. Receptions must not take place.

  • Funerals must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces with up to 30 people in attendance. Wakes or linked ceremonial events before or after the funeral are limited to 15 people and must not take place in private homes.

  • Schools and colleges will remain open.

  • People should try to avoid travelling outside their local area where possible, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities.

  • Visits to care homes can take place with arrangements such as substantial screens, visiting pods, and window visits.

  • Gyms and other sport and leisure centres can open but indoor group activity and classes should not take place.

Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – however, they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close, except where exemptions apply.

Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close. This includes:

  • Museums and galleries

  • Soft Play Areas and other indoor play areas

  • Adult Gaming Centres, bingo halls and casinos

  • Betting Shops

For further information please visit the Government website

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*This story will be updated through the day


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