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Latest Covid-19 Restrictions

Latest Government Restrictions for our area.

 

Why are new restrictions coming into force?

 

The latest restrictions come into force on Wednesday 14th October. West Yorkshire has been placed into the new ‘High’ Tier category, announced yesterday by the Prime Minister.

The restrictions are being brought into place to help tackle the current rise in covid-19 cases and the increased strain on the NHS. As we enter the winter months as we have seen in previous years the NHS already have to deal with a significant increase in demand.

It is important that we all do what we can to help reduce the spread of covid-19, protect our NHS from becoming overwhelmed and save lives, by following the rules and remembering to wash our hands, social distance and wear face masks where mandatory.

 

The new Government restrictions are as follows:

 

  • you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must 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-through
  • schools, universities and places of worship remain open
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

 

You must:

wear a face covering in those areas where this is mandated

 

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport

 

These restrictions are set to be reviewed on a four weekly basis.

 

What you can expect from me.

 

My Office will be available to contact and my staff will be operating from home. As such our phones will be re-routed and answered by staff at their homes. We are expecting a large increase in cases again as these measures are introduced and as a new Covid spike occurs so please can you contact the office via email wherever you can (alex@alexsobel.co.uk) and keep your queries short and specific. Please also include your address and whether or not you would like to receive a reply.

I am conducting constituency surgeries for specific individual casework and I am doing these online and over the telephone. For more general policy enquiries, I do ‘Ask Alex’ every other Saturday at 2pm on Facebook Live.

 

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