Strict measures banning the mixing of different homes for Leeds are being implemented by the government today.
Following discussions between Leeds City Council, the government, Public Health England and partners, Leeds will be named as an area of intervention today, meaning additional measures will be taken to control the spread of the virus in the city.
These rules will prohibit mixing people from different households and this means that Leeds now have the same rules for Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
The council said during a meeting today (Friday) that the sanctions would affect 780,000 and that the rules, once announced by the government, would take effect tonight.
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Like the rules already in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale and Greater Manchester, this is a list of expected things you can or cannot do.
You cannot meet or host people who do not live in private houses or gardens, unless they are in your support bubble. The support bubble is where an adult’s home connects to another home.
You can’t visit someone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside of Leeds, unless it’s in your support bubble.
Parents and children, where children do not live in the same home as their parents, or existing arrangements for access and contact between their parents, or one of their parents will be exempt.
Friends and family can still provide informal childcare for children under 14.
However, people can still come inside your home or garden for special purposes. These include:
- Attend for birth at mother’s request
- To visit a dying person
- To meet legal obligations
- For work, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
- Child care
- To provide emergency assistance
- To enable one or more participants to avoid injury or illness or risk of injury
- To move home
- To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person.
Sanctions will be monitored and reviewed and additional steps will be taken next week if necessary.
Leeds City Council leader Councilor Judith Blake said: “We are well aware that no one wants to see restrictions on life in Leeds and we are doing everything in our power to avoid that with our partners.
“But the safety of the city and the public is only a matter of time before we reach a stage where we all need to take additional steps to end the spread of this deadly virus in our communities.”
“How long these new measures last and how far they may need to go in the coming weeks and months will depend on each of the players.
“We know the city is already having some excellent partnership work going on and this will manage the outbreak and help keep everyone safe.
“Based on this sense of community spirit, I would appeal to everyone to follow these rules, to consider how your actions affect others, and to take part in your responsibility to save our city.”
Victoria Eaton, Leeds City Council’s director of public health, said: “It’s very difficult to take any restrictions on people close to you, but the rules are in place to protect family, friends and neighbors from the virus that spreads. Dangerous fast rate.
“It’s very important that we stick to the latest rules and guidelines and play our part in making sure we don’t put ourselves or each other in unnecessary danger.”
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