Five more places could get Tier Three lockdown early this week

Five more places could get Tier Three lockdown early this week

Tier Three restrictions could be brought in to five more locations across the north of England early this week.

As well as Greater Manchester, five more locations in the north of England look set to have Tier Three rules put into place.

They would follow Liverpool and Lancashire into the toughest rules.

The locations that could see Tier Three rules brought in next are Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and York.

On Friday Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Sheffield were given a reprieve from Tier Three to see if coronavirus numbers were coming down, reports Leeds Live.

But Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said he is not “optimistic” Kirklees can avoid heading into Tier 3 and even went as far to say: “I still think it’s inevitable that we have a circuit breaker over the half-term.”

In North Yorkshire York MP Racheal Maskell told the House of Commons late last week that she believes a Tier 3 lockdown might actually be beneficial for her city, even though it only entered Tier 2 on Saturday.

She said: “I do not believe the measures in Tier 2 are going to be sufficient to stop the spread of the virus in our city which is rising incredibly sharply and in the older population as well.”

Kirklees Council leaders are holding a crunch meeting today to discuss the likelihood of a Tier 3 lockdown for the likes of Huddersfield, Dewsbury and Holmfirth.

Although West Yorkshire leaders said on Friday that Tier 3 had not yet been discussed with No 10 officials, more serious discussions are due to get underway early this week.

In a joint statement, they said: “The government have asked us to meet them again.

“We see this as an opportunity to set out the effectiveness of local measures, what further resources are needed to support local teams and businesses, and to review the latest health data.

“We expect the government to engage in open, constructive discussions about how to tackle the virus without doing further damage to the economy, jobs and livelihoods.”

Although the government’s new three-thier system only came into effect last Wednesday, a number of subsequent announcements have shown how quickly things can change.

By Saturday, London, Essex, York, North East Derbyshire, Chesterfield, Erewash (Derbyshire), Elmbridge (Surrey), and Barrow in Furness (Cumbria) had all been upgraded to Tier 2. This happened just three days after they were initially told were placed into Tier 1.

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