The exceptions to new Tier 2 Covid rules in Leeds: When you can mix households legally

New Covid rules and restrictions come into force from Wednesday in Leeds as part of the city's Tier 2 High Risk status under the new nationwide local lockdown scheme.

Under the rules, households will not be able to mix indoors anywhere - including in pubs and restaurants - but will be able to meet in gardens and outdoors.

The rules, however, do stipulate some exceptions.

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What are the details of the Covid Tier 2 High Alert rules and what are the exceptions in Leeds?

These are the new rules in Leeds under Tier 2 High Risk / High Alert local lockdown

Households will not be able to mix indoors including in homes, leisure or hospitality venues.

Households will be able to mix outside, including in parks, and private gardens provided they do not gather in groups of more than six.

People can still come inside your home for specific purposes.

These include:

- Where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble;

- To attend a birth at the mother’s request

- To visit a person who is dying; to fulfil a legal obligation

- For work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services

- For the purposes of education or training

- For the purposes of childcare

- To provide emergency assistance

- To enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm

- To help someone move house

- To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person

- Existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents will remain exempt.

- Friends and family can also still provide informal childcare for children under 14.

Other aspects of the new Tier 2 High Alert rules for Leeds:

- you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)

- businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law

- certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am

- businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

- schools, universities and places of worship remain open

- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees

- exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport

- you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

Of course, for everyone in Leeds, the existing guidance remains in place.

- 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.

- Isolate when you need to/are advised to, and get a test if you have symptoms.