North Yorkshire to avoid tougher covid restrictions

A motorist being tested for Covid-19.

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.”


  1. I’m staying in Richmond and it won’t be long before the area is promoted to Tier 2 judging by the number of people clueless about social distancing

    • Agreed! People just dont seem to understand that the little things like wearing a mask, washing your hands and maintaining a distance is all everyone needs to do, but its just not happening.

  2. Do the public not understand petrol filling station shops are SHOPS therefore masks must be worn. Visited one yesterday and 6 people in the shop were not wearing them. Put all these people in a COVID infected shed and leave them there. I,m just sick to death of people’s disregard.

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