Strict measures to prevent mixing of different houses are expected to be implemented for Leeds today.
Following discussions between the Leeds City Council, the government, the public health UK and allies, Leeds is expected to be named as part of the intervention today, meaning additional measures will be taken to curb the spread of the virus in the city.
These rules prevent people from mixing different houses, which means that Leeds will now have rules like Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
During a council meeting today (Friday) it was announced that these restrictions would affect 780,000 and that the rules would take effect from midnight tonight, as announced by the government.
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Like the rules already in place at Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Greater Manchester, this is a list of things you can do or not expect
You will not be able to meet or host people who do not live in your homes or gardens unless they are in your support bubble. A support bubble is a house where one adult joins another house.
If your support is not in the bubble, you will not be able to see them even if someone else lives outside the house or garden in Leeds.
Existing provisions for parents and children to access and communicate with parents and children whose parents do not live in the same home, or for one of their parents, will be waived.
Friends and family can also provide informal child care for children under 14 years of age.
However, people may come into your home or garden for specific purposes. These are:
- Attend a birth at the request of the mother
- To see someone who is dying
- To fulfill a legal obligation
- For work, or to provide voluntary or charitable services
- Child care
- Provide emergency assistance
- Helps one or more people in the crowd to avoid injury or illness or to escape the danger of harm
- To move house
- To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person.
Restrictions will be monitored and reviewed and additional action may be brought in the coming weeks if necessary.
Councilor Judith Blake, chairman of Leeds City Council, said: “We are well aware that no one wants to see more restrictions on life in Leeds and we are doing everything we can with our partners to avoid it.
“But the safety of the city and the public must come first, and now we have all reached a point where we need to take extra action to control the spread of this terrible virus within our communities.
“It is up to each individual to determine how long these new activities will last and how far they will have to go in the coming weeks and months.
“We know there are already some great partnership work going on across the city that will continue to manage explosions and help keep everyone safe.
“By building a sense of community, I urge everyone to follow these rules, to consider the impact your actions may have on others, and to take your part in the responsibility of protecting our city.”
Victoria Eaton, director of public health at Leeds City Council, said: “It is incredibly difficult to impose any restrictions on the number of people close to you, but these rules are in place to protect families, friends and neighbors from the virus. Dangerous rapid rate.
“We all need to play our part in controlling that spread by adhering to the latest rules and guidelines and ensuring that we do not endanger ourselves or each other unnecessarily.”