Millions in Yorkshire facing Tier 3 lockdown hell to be announced today

Millions of people could be plunged into a Tier 3 lockdown in parts of Yorkshire in an announcement today.

New restrictions could be announced for huge swathes of the region – including Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Kirklees and York.

Local leaders and government officials have been locked in discussions over the weekend as Covid-19 infection rates remain high, LeedsLive reports.

Leeds, Bradford and Kirklees narrowly avoided going into Tier 3 last week, along with Sheffield.

But coronavirus infection rates and the number of cases in some parts of Yorkshire are among the highest in the country, while death tolls have risen in recent weeks.

Leaders of Kirklees Council are holding a crunch meeting today to discuss how likely a Tier 3 lockdown is for areas like Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Holmfirth.

Tier 3 – which means an area is at "very high" coronavirus alert level – means all pubs and bars must shut unless they serve "substantial meals".

Residents are also advised not to leave the area except for work and education, or for overnight stays in other parts of the UK.

West Yorkshire council leaders last week claimed moving to the Tier 3 strictest restrictions had not formed part of their talks with ministers.

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However more serious discussions are due to take place this week.

In a joint statement, they said: “We see this as an opportunity to set out the effectiveness of local measures, what further resources are needed to support local teams and businesses, and to review the latest health data.

"We expect the government to engage in open, constructive discussions about how to tackle the virus without doing further damage to the economy, jobs and livelihoods."

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said he is not “optimistic” Kirklees can avoid it.

He added: "I still think it's inevitable that we have a circuit breaker over the half-term."

And York MP Rachael Maskell said last week she believes a Tier 3 lockdown might actually be beneficial for the city – although it only went into Tier 2 on Saturday.

She told MPs: "I do not believe the measures in Tier 2 are going to be sufficient to stop the spread of the virus in our city which is rising incredibly sharply and in the older population as well."

London, Essex, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash in Derbyshire, Elmbridge in Surrey, and Barrow in Furness were all moved to the 'high' Tier 2 alert on Saturday.

It happened just days after they were initially placed into the 'medium' Tier 1 level.

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