By Leah Conway – KLTV Contributor
West Yorkshire Prepared is the region’s local resilience forum. They are urging the public to keep following Covid-19 guidelines over New Year’s Eve.
The district’s people, businesses and venues are following Covid-19 guidence to help reduce the spread of the virus.
With venues closed, there are concerns that an increase in private house parties could lead to increased infection rates in the New Year.
Tim Kingsman, co-Chair of West Yorkshire Prepared and Assistant Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police, said: “This isn’t about stopping anyone’s fun. We know this time of year is traditionally spent surrounded by friends and family – but our concern is the people who attend these parties will then go to shops, out in the community or meet up with other friends and relatives and could, unknowingly, be spreading the virus further.
“Everyone in West Yorkshire has worked extremely hard to bring Covid-19 rates down and, while they still remain high, the region is one of the most improved areas. The safest option this year is to celebrate at home with your own household or support bubble. We need to keep working together to bring cases down even further and prevent the spread of infection.”
West Yorkshire Restrictions:
West Yorkshire is under Tier 3 restrictions. This means that you must not socialise with anybody outside your household or support bubble. The rules extend to any indoor setting, private garden or at most outdoor public venues.
However, you can see people outside your household/bubble in groups of 6 or less in some outdoor public places such as parks and the countryside.
Those who break the rules could have the police can take action against them. Including breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines if required.
“Do the right thing.”
Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner said: “Covid-19 is still a very real threat and it is incumbent upon us all to do the right thing. That means managing our own behaviours and activities, although we know this is incredibly difficult after a really tough year.
“However, going against this latest guidance will only contribute to the problem and extend our recovery process as a region and country. So, I would urge people to ensure they do the right thing. Not only for themselves but for their loved ones and wider community.
“West Yorkshire Police will continue to adopt the approach of Encourage, Explain, Engage and Enforce breaches where appropriate. We can and will get through this together, but we have to all do our bit to ensure we are doing whatever we can to reduce the rates of transmission to help come out more quickly and safely at the other end of this in 2021.”