By KLTV Newsdesk
Following meetings with the Government, Kirklees alongside the rest of West Yorkshire will move from Tier 2 to Tier 3 in the COVID-19 restrictions system from Monday.
The new Tier 3 restrictions mean all pubs and bars in Kirklees will close by law unless they serve substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal.
You also cannot meet with people from other households in private homes or gardens, public indoor places (including hospitality such as restaurants and cafes) and care homes (other than in exceptional circumstances).
People are also being advised not to travel into or out of Tier 3 areas, other than for work, education, for youth services or because of caring responsibilities.
More information about Tier 3 can be found on the Kirklees Council website.
The Tier 3 restrictions will be in place from 00:01 Monday 2 November, with a review after 28 days.
Leader of Kirklees Council, Councillor Shabir Pandor, said: “First and foremost I want to thank Kirklees residents for their patience and understanding in these difficult times.
“They have shown community spirit in abundance and I sincerely want to thank them for following the public health guidance. Today we have reluctantly accepted the Government’s proposals that will see the West Yorkshire region move into Tier 3 restrictions.
“Due to the significant increase in infection rates, the Government concluded this to be a necessary action.
“When the Government’s intentions to move West Yorkshire to Tier 3 became clear, myself and other local council leaders immediately pushed for a support package suitable for West Yorkshire residents, communities & businesses. Initial discussions have secured a package worth £59.3m.
“This is in addition to the existing business grant arrangements previously announced by the Chancellor. This is a major policy change from Government that will not only benefit Kirklees but all councils that enter into Tier 3.
“What has been important to me throughout the discussions has been ensuring that those businesses that have been under restrictions since July 2020 get the financial support they need and I’m pleased to say we achieved that.
“We will continue to have discussions with the Government to make sure we can build on this and that the level of local support reflects the needs of Kirklees and the region.
“We have to do all we can to bring infection rates down and we must take the situation we’re in very seriously. My message to residents is clear; please take note of these changes and follow them, as I know you will.
“Please also keep doing the basics such as social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings and isolating if you have symptoms. This is the best way we can protect each other.
“This has been a challenging and difficult time for all of us and I am in no doubt that the challenges will continue, but we should all be proud of how Kirklees has pulled together during this pandemic and it’s that community spirit that will get us through this. We can only do this with you.”