North Yorkshire is currently in Tier 1, but is increasingly surrounded by areas that have moved up a Tier.
After close discussions with local leaders, the Government has announced that the following areas will move from Medium to High Alert level (from Tier 1 to Tier 2) from 00.01 hours on Saturday:
Yorkshire and the Humber: East Riding of Yorkshire, Kingston-Upon-Hull, North East Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire;
West Midlands: Dudley, Staffordshire, Telford and the Wrekin;
East Midlands: Amber Valley, Bolsover, Derbyshire Dales, Derby City, South Derbyshire, the whole of High Peak; Charnwood;
East of England: Luton; and
South East: Oxford City.
It means that for these areas, the following measures will be in place:
people must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place;
people must not meet in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other space; and
people should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.
The measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We continue to see a worrying rise in cases right across the country, and it is clear decisive action is needed.
“We have agreed with local leaders to move more areas into the High Local Covid Alert Level this week.
“These restrictions are challenging for us all, but it is only by working together and following the rules that we will bring down the rates of infection. A failure to act now will only lead to longer disruption and greater economic damage. I want to thank everyone who is playing their part to break the chains of transmission across the country. We will beat this virus, but we must stick together as we enter the winter months.”
It has been agreed that all other areas currently in High will remain at this level until the next review.
In East Riding of Yorkshire, weekly case rates stand at 239 people per 100,000. This increases to 463 per 100,000 in those aged 17-21 and is 134 per 100,000 in the over 60s.