North Yorkshire will avoid tougher restrictions under the Government’s new three-tier local lockdown system, it is understood.
It means the county should remain under the current national measures – including the rule of six and 10pm curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants.
Kevin Hollinrake, MP for Malton and Thirsk, claimed in a tweet that the county will be placed under the Tier 1 alert level of the new lockdown system.
However, North Yorkshire County Council said it has not yet been contacted by the government for confirmation.
MP Hollinrake said online: “Good news that we’re still in medium alert level (lowest) so current rules still apply in North Yorkshire, so, for example, can still go to a pub/restaurant in a group of 6 from up to 6 different households.”
Most areas of England will come under the Tier 1 – or “medium” – alert level, but areas with local restrictions on household mixing are automatically on “high” alert.
The Prime Minister said all retail outlets, schools and universities will remain open.
Boris Johnson announced the new system earlier today, saying it “simplifies and standardises” coronavirus restrictions.
New lockdown rules for millions of people in the north of England – including Leeds – will come into force at 5pm on Wednesday.
Mr Johnson said: “The weeks and months ahead will continue to be difficult and will test the mettle of this country. I have no doubt at all that together we will succeed.”