LATEST COUNCIL COVID UPDATE – NO. 2 12TH OCTOBER

This is the latest update just received:

Infection Rates in Leeds – update following government announcement

We write to you following the press conference held today led by Deputy Chief Medical Officer Professor Van-Tam and the Prime Minister’s announcements to MPs in the House of Parliament this afternoon.

As you know, unfortunately Covid rates are rising in Leeds and across the whole country due to community transmission rates, with hospital admissions also increasing.  We continue to be very concerned about this and are doing all we can with all our partners and communities. We are working hard to take a balanced approach, taking into account the public health issues, broader health and wellbeing, and the economic and social considerations. In particular we are encouraging government to ensure that businesses affected are supported and that we are able to avoid job losses. It is clear that Leeds will be subject to further restrictions if infection rates and hospital admissions continue to rise, so let’s all do everything we can to help more people, to do more of the right thing, more of the time, because they choose to.

As expected the government announced a new three level risk alert model today, which MPs will vote on tomorrow. It describes a medium, high and very high alert level.

Leeds, along with the rest of West Yorkshire, has been placed in the “high” alert level at this stage, the middle category. Here is the link to the new government restrictions for Leeds.

This will mean a slight change to some of the government’s current restrictions on Leeds, due to come into effect on Wednesday.  The main changes to the government restrictions on Leeds are that household mixing (other than in support or childcare bubble) will be illegal inside in homes or at any venue, although we anticipate that household mixing will be allowed in some outside areas. We await the details of this and will be in touch as soon as they are available. It appears that additional support for businesses and further progress on localised contact tracing will only be available for those in the very high risk alert category.

The key message remains for the city is that we all need to keep doing as much as we can to contain the virus to help protect ourselves, our communities and our city, by following the advice to:

  • Make space and stay 2m away from people you do not live with;
  • Wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds;
  • Cover your face in enclosed spaces; and
  • Isolate when you need to/are advised to, and getting a test if you have symptoms.