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Map shows Yorkshire at risk of severe restrictions under tier system

Written by on 09/10/2020

High rates of coronavirus infections have placed all of Yorkshire at risk of the harshest local lockdown measures under the government’s new three-tier system.

A Covid-19 heat map has revealed the towns and cities in England most likely to be at affected, with pubs and restaurants at risk of closure in under the most severe tier.

The elderly and vulnerable could also be told to start shielding again in top tier areas, and household mixing would be banned.

However, shops, offices and schools would remain open, while a decision is yet to be made on hairdressers and leisure facilities, the Mirror reports.

The plan is for three tiers, with all areas in England assigned Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 restrictions – with the toughest measures in Tier 3.

The heatmap shows the areas of England with the highest coronavirus infection rates
The heatmap shows the areas of England with the highest coronavirus infection rates

While the heatmap colour does not decide which tier an area could be under, it shows the current infection rate – which is a good guide.

Tier 1 restrictions are roughly in line with the current national rules, Tier 2 is roughly level with local lockdowns, and Tier 3 would take local lockdowns even further.

The infection rate per 100,000 people is not the only factor setting the tiers, but the rate offers a guide to how serious the outbreak is in an area.

The government will also factor in how fast infections are rising, how many people are being admitted to hospital and specific outbreaks such as those at factories or at universities.