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COVID-19 Local restrictions

Information about COVID-19 tiers and what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

This page was last updated at 3.25pm on Friday 27 November. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

National Restrictions currently apply

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December

Which Alert Level (Tier) is the East Riding in?

National Restrictions - until Wednesday 2 December

All of England is currently following National Restrictions. Read about National Restrictions - why they have been introduced, how long they will last, and what changes they bring.

VERY HIGH (Tier 3) - from Wednesday 2 December

The East Riding will move into VERY HIGH (Tier 3) restrictions when the National Restrictions end on Wednesday 2 December. This will be until further notice.

What are the rules over Christmas?

The UK Government has created Christmas Bubble restrictions to allow people to see friends and family.

National Restrictions currently apply

From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December

Why are we following the National Restrictions?

Due to rapidly rising COVID-19 case numbers, we must act now to control the spread of the virus.

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

How long will it last?

The new National Restrictions will take place from:

  • Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December

After Wednesday 2 December, East Riding will move to VERY HIGH (Tier 3) alert level.

What are the restrictions?

The new National Restrictions replace all previous regional restrictions.

The main restrictions from Thursday 5 November include:

  • people must stay at home except for education, work (if it can't be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others
  • all pubs and restaurants must close (takeaways and deliveries can continue)
  • all non-essential shops must close
  • households are not allowed to mix with others indoors, or in private gardens
  • individuals can meet one person from outside their household in an outside public space
  • support bubbles for people who live alone and households made up of single parents and children can continue
  • children can move between homes if their parents are separated
  • childcare, schools, colleges and universities remain open
  • workplaces are asked to stay open if people cannot work from home - including construction and manufacturing
  • outdoor exercise and recreation is allowed, but gyms must close
  • clinically extremely vulnerable advised not to go to work if they are unable to work from home.

Read the full National Restrictions on GOV.UK

Enforcement by law

Complying with the new measures will help limit the spread of coronavirus, reduce the impact on the NHS and save lives.

They will be underpinned by law which will make clear about what you must and must not do from 5 November. The relevant authorities, including the police, will have powers to enforce the law – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

If you break these restrictions, you could get a fixed penalty notice (FPN). These now start at £200, rising to £6,400.

East Riding will move to Very High alert level

These rules will apply from Wednesday 2 December

What does the VERY HIGH (Tier 3) alert level mean?

East Riding will move to VERY HIGH alert level on Wednesday 2 December

The main rules include:

  • You can't mix with other households indoors, or in private gardens and pub gardens (with exemptions).

  • You can meet in a group of up to six in other outdoor spaces, such as parks, beaches or countryside (with exemptions).

  • Hospitality venues - such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants must close, except for delivery and takeaway services.

  • Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but indoor sport or classes must stop (with exceptions).

  • Organised outdoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes can continue (except for high-contact activity).

  • Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close.

  • Indoor entertainment venues - such as bowling alleys and cinemas - must close.

  • Places of worship remain open (with restrictions).

  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees.

  • Travel to open amenities is permitted, but the number of journeys made shold be reduced, where possible.

  • People are advised not to travel to and from Tier 3 areas

Read the full Tier 3 guidance, including any exemptions or exceptions, on GOV.UK

You must also continue to…

  • wear a face covering
  • follow social distancing rules
  • wash hands regularly.

Christmas Bubbles

These rules will apply between Wednesday 23 December and Sunday 27 December

What restrictions are in place over Christmas?

The UK Government and Devolved Administrations recognise that people will want to be with their friends and family over Christmas, particularly after an incredibly difficult year.

Between Wednesday 23 and Sunday 27 December:

  • you can form an exclusive ‘Christmas bubble’ composed of people from no more than three households
  • you can only be in one Christmas bubble
  • you cannot change your Christmas bubble
  • you can travel between tiers and UK nations for the purposes of meeting your Christmas bubble
  • you can only meet your Christmas bubble in private homes or in your garden, places of worship, or public outdoor spaces
  • you can continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble outside your home according to the rules in the tier where you are staying
  • you cannot meet someone in a private dwelling who is not part of your household or Christmas bubble.

You should travel to meet those in your Christmas bubble and return home between the 23 and 27 December. Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may also travel on Tuesday 22 December and Monday 28 December.

Read the full Christmas guidance on GOV.UK

Please remember...

When following these new rules, we must each continue to take personal responsibility to limit the spread of the virus and protect our loved ones, particularly if they are vulnerable.

Local COVID alert levels explained

Local COVID alert levels set out information for local authorities, residents and workers about what to do and how to manage the COVID-19 outbreak in their area.

The system is split into three alert levels, also referred to as 'Tiers':

  • MEDIUM - Tier 1
  • HIGH - Tier 2
  • VERY HIGH - Tier 3

However, to control the spread of the virus, the Government introduced:

  • National Restrictions - from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December

Infection rates are very high.

Make sure you continue to follow the 3 Steps to Safety.