The latest review of the Tier System in the UK will see North Yorkshire move up from Tier 2 to Tier 3.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement this afternoon after a rise in Coronavirus cases across the area, meaning York and North Yorkshire will join the rest of the region in facing tougher restrictions.

North Yorkshire was previously the only area in the North East and Yorkshire to be under Tier 2 Covid restrictions, but the new rules will see the region move into Tier 3: ‘Very High Alert.’

The new restrictions, which will come into effect from 31st December, come after Harrogate recorded 118.1 new cases per 100,000 people, an increase of 33.8% from last week.

What are the Tier 3 Restrictions?

  • Non-essential shops can open, as can gyms, hairdressers and other personal care businesses.
  • Places of worship can open and weddings are allowed within local restrictions.
  • Hospitality venues must close, except for delivery and takeaway service. Hotels and other accommodation providers must also close, except for specific work purposes where people cannot return home.
  • Outdoor sports, including golf and tennis, can continue in all tiers, as can amateur team sports such as football. Unlike the first two tiers, spectators cannot watch sport in tier 3.
  • People must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody they do not live with, or who is not in their support bubble; this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues. At other outdoor spaces such as parks or beaches people must not socialise in groups of more than six.
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so.
  • You can travel within your area for work, education and purposes of providing care or medical assistance, but should avoid travelling outside your area and reduce the number of journeys you make wherever possible.
  • People in all tiers are advised to stay local, and if you travel, your restrictions follow you.

What if you break the rules?

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be given a fixed penalty notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400.

If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

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