11 Yorkshire towns and cities at risk of Tier 3 when lockdown ends
Written by Rother Radio News on 17/11/2020
Areas across Yorkshire are at risk of being placed into Tier 3 when England emerges from the second national coronavirus lockdown, it has been reported.
The month-long lockdown which started on November 5 is due to end on December 2 but it could be extended by days or even weeks – with MPs approval.
The Government is hoping for a return to the tiered system following the lockdown, as reported by The Mirror , and if this happens, it could have new or tougher restrictions on households socialising over Christmas and the winter months.
Based on the current rates of new cases of the virus, northern England including areas such as West Yorkshire, Hull and Scarborough, could be hit the hardest by a return to a tiered system due to the number of rising infection rates.
It will be decided next week by the government how to end the current lockdown as scientists warned a tougher tier system is needed until vaccines can drive back the Covid-19 pandemic.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said on Tuesday that ministers want to see a “significant easing” of coronavirus controls when the lockdown in England is lifted on December 2, but suggested tighter controls may be needed in the top Tier 3.
Susan Hopkins, medical director of Public Health England (PHE) and chief medical adviser to NHS Test and Trace, said ministers would have to look at “strengthening” the tier system.
Here are some of the places most at risk of going into the toughest tier while the UK battles a second wave of the virus.
Hull, in East Yorkshire, had England’s worst infection rate (776.4 new cases per 100,000 people) for the seven days to November 12, up from 686.0 the previous week.
Julia Weldon, the director of public health for Hull City Council, said last week that the city will be in the highest tier when the national lockdown ends because its current rate is so high.
She told BBC Look North : “The levels we are at means we will definitely be in Tier 3 at the end of this lockdown.
“It’s really hard to say how long for but for a few weeks after that potentially.
“I hope then we will see rates plateau and then go down, we might be able to have lower restrictions at Christmas but everyone needs to play their part.”
The latest rate for the East Riding of Yorkshire was 493.9, up from 389.2 a week ago.
West Yorkshire – Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees, Wakefield and Calderdale, was due to be placed in Tier 3 on November 2, but the move was postponed due to the national shutdown. It could enter Tier 3 come the first week of December.
South Yorkshire was in Tier 3 when the country’s lockdown began earlier this month.
It could remain in the toughest category if there is a return to the localised system next month, although rates have been dropping.
The rate in Sheffield has fallen to 304.0 from 386.4.
Officials in North Yorkshire say they have seen a surge in Covid-19 cases in recent weeks.
Scarborough, which was previously in Tier 1, now has England’s second-worst infection rate (595.8, up from 345.7).
Redcar and Cleveland has also seen its rate soar to 504.6 from 388.6.
Councillor Steve Siddons, the leader of Scarborough Borough Council, has expressed concerns the area will be placed into Tier 3 after the national lockdown.
He told Greatest Hits Radio on Tuesday: “If we don’t get this under control by the 2nd of December, my fear is that if we go back to the tier system, then we’ll be on Tier 3 in this borough, and that will mean continued closure of all the businesses that are closed at the moment and that’s not good for anybody in the run-up to Christmas.”
He shot down claims that visitors are primarily to blame, adding: “Visitors shouldn’t come to the coast during this lockdown period, but what we shouldn’t do is concentrate on visitors because from the evidence we’ve seen so far, it doesn’t suggest visitors are the primary cause, it seems to be caused by local people transmitting locally.”