COVID-19 Announcement: The East Riding will move from local alert level 1 (Medium) to local alert level 2 (High) at 12.01am on Saturday. This means that additional restrictions, such as no indoor mixing of different households, will come into effect across the whole of the East Riding from just after midnight on Saturday, 31 October 2020.
The full media release from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council follows:
Dear residents and businesses
We are writing to inform you that the East Riding will move from local alert level 1 (Medium) to local alert level 2 (High) at 12.01am on Saturday.
The decision has been based on the advice and guidance of public health experts, including the chief medical officer, following an increase in the rate of COVID-19 cases in the East Riding across all age ranges (including older age groups) and the knock-on effect this has on the NHS, including hospitalisations.
This means that additional restrictions, such as no indoor mixing of different households, will come into effect across the whole of the East Riding from just after midnight on Saturday, 31 October 2020.
The extra restrictions are aimed at helping to control the spread of the virus.
As well as adhering to the new restrictions – which are detailed below – we urge you to keep following all the simple COVID-19 safety guidance, including handwashing, respecting social distance, wearing a face-covering unless exempt, being aware of COVID-19 symptoms and self-isolating and requesting a test immediately when necessary.
Our neighbouring areas of Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire are also being placed at the high local alert level (tier 2) from Saturday, following a recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the region.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council will continue to do everything it can to support local people and save lives during this pandemic while continuing to provide important services to our communities.
A message from the leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council,
Cllr Richard Burton
East Riding residents and businesses, so many of you have been fantastic in your efforts to try to curb the spread of COVID-19 and in supporting each other through this huge challenge and I’m confident that you will respond positively again to this new phase of the public health crisis by doing what is being asked of you.
I said from the start that we would need to have a collective #TogetherEastRiding public spirit to get through this and that we would need to be flexible in our approach to what continues to be a rapidly-changing situation.
The change in the local alert level will bring new challenges. I know that thousands upon thousands of you have selflessly prioritised the health and wellbeing of families, friends and the wider communities to help bring the virus under control and accepted restrictions on your normal ways of living.
I know that this news will be met with understandable concern but we all need to show that same selfless resolve again so that we can come through this together.
While the situation continues to be challenging, both in terms of public health and the economy, we can see a way forward and light is beginning to shine at the end of the tunnel.
There are reasons for optimism. More is now known about COVID-19 than at the start of the pandemic and good progress continues to be made in terms of vaccine development and the use of therapeutics to aid in treatment.
The East Riding needs people to adapt to these latest measures, and to remain resilient and positive as you adjust to the new restrictions, so that we can avoid any further restrictions in the future.
Moving to local alert level 2 will mean that the council, in addition to providing even more support to residents and communities, will also be able to provide more support to businesses, including business grants, support for the self-employed and the job support scheme.
We are awaiting further guidance about this from the Government and will communicate further when we are able to.
In the coming weeks, the council will also update our online health and wellbeing offer to help residents during the winter and we will be letting you know about all the things that you CAN still do despite the restrictions as we know how important it is to keep positive and keep living as normal a life as possible.
We will also continue to work with our partners and with businesses to keep offering controlled and safe spaces for people to enjoy and to keep the East Riding as a fantastic and safe place to live, work, shop, learn, play, invest and visit.
A message from the director of public health for the East Riding, Andy Kingdom
To get the virus under control and to suppress its further spread, we need everyone in the East Riding to keep doing some simple, basic things to keep yourselves, your loved ones and local communities safe and to avoid further, tragic loss of life.
Please keep following the council’s public health campaign – 3 Steps To Safety: Prevent. Notice. Act.
Handwashing, respecting social distance and wearing face coverings when appropriate, and unless you are exempt, are simple but extremely effective ways that we can all help to prevent the spread of the virus.
Equally important are always noticing when you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and immediately acting to self-isolate and get tested as soon as possible.
Self-isolation means staying at home if you have any symptoms, if you have been tested but are waiting for the result, if you have tested positive or if you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service or the council and have been advised to self-isolate.
If any of these apply to you, do not go out. Stay at home. Self-isolate. Do not mix with other people from outside your household unless they are part of your support bubble.
If we all do the right thing, by doing these basic things correctly, then we can all help to curb the spread of the virus, avoid further restrictions on our daily lives and ultimately save lives.
What the new restrictions mean and when they will come into effect
From just after midnight on Saturday, 31 October 2020, the new local alert level 2 restrictions for the East Riding will mean:
- You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
- You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with outdoors, including in a garden or other outdoor space. When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than six people.
- Visiting indoor hospitality/leisure/retail settings is restricted to one household i.e. two households must not meet in these settings (unless those two households are in a support bubble).
- In agreement with the Government, the council is looking at ways to facilitate visits in care homes. However, the absolute priority is that we need to continue keeping COVID-19 out of care settings.
- You may continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, for work, voluntary, charitable or youth services, or to access education, within a high alert level area, but you should and aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible. If you need to travel we encourage you to walk or cycle where possible or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.
- You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you should only do this with people you live with, or have formed a support bubble with (dependent on any local restrictions in the area you are visiting).
- People can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued.
- People should not attend amateur or professional sporting events as spectators.
- Wedding receptions and celebrations can continue for up to 15 people in the form of a sit-down meal and in a COVID-19-secure setting, not in a private dwelling.
- Up to 30 people can attend a funeral, and 15 for a wake in a COVID-19-secure setting, not in a private dwelling.
How and when to request a COVID-19 test
If you do have any symptoms of COVID-19 – a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you can request a test at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.
If you need more information
To learn more about the new measures and what support is available for residents, businesses and local communities, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/3stepstosafety