Council response to Government’s COVID-19 lockdown announcement

As of today (Saturday, 31 October), the East Riding has moved into local alert level 2 (High) with regards to COVID-19.

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This means that additional restrictions, such as no indoor mixing of different households, are now in place.

This evening, the Prime Minister announced that infection rates are continuing to rise across the country and, unless action is taken, this would result in an increase in hospitalisations and severely impact the NHS.

The Prime Minister has therefore announced that, subject to Parliamentary approval, from Thursday, 5 November, there will be a month-long lockdown in England, with tighter restrictions in place including:

  • Working from home, where it is possible to do so.
  • Only leaving home for specific reasons, such as shopping for essential items or taking exercise. Those who can’t  work from home can travel for work.
  • Non-essential shops and hospitality, such as pubs, restaurants and cafes, and entertainment venues will close.


Schools, colleges and universities will remain open and the Prime Minister also confirmed that the furlough scheme will be extended until December.

The restrictions will remain in place until Wednesday, 2 December and would supersede all present restrictions.

The council will continue to do all it can to support residents, businesses and communities and to continue delivering vital public services.

Financial support for businesses will be available and the council will communicate how to access this as soon as possible.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Today’s announcement from the Government is a reminder that COVID-19 is still present and is a very real public health threat.

“Rising infection rates are a real concern and we cannot afford to be complacent as we head into the winter.

“Throughout this pandemic, East Riding residents, businesses and communities have demonstrated a collective public spirit and a real determination to get through this together.

“I know that today’s announcement will bring new challenges and will be met with understandable concern and frustration, but we must now ask for the same selfless resolve that we saw at the outset of this terrible pandemic and to once again put the health and wellbeing of family, friends and wider communities first in order to save lives.”

In response to today’s announcement, Andy Kingdom, director of public health for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, urged residents to continue following the council’s 3 Steps To Safety: Prevent. Notice. Act. 

 “As well as following the rules in place now and those that come into place from Thursday, we need every single person in the East Riding to continue doing the basics in order tackle COVID-19,” he said.

“Handwashing, respecting social distance and wearing face coverings, unless you are exempt, are simple but extremely effective ways people can help to prevent the spread of the virus. 

“Equally important are always noticing when you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms and immediately acting to get tested as soon as possible and self-isolating. 

“Self-isolation means staying at home if you have any symptoms, if you have been tested but are waiting the result, if you have tested positive or if you have been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service or the council and have been advised to self-isolate. 

“If any of these apply to you, do not go out. Stay at home. Self-isolate. Do not mix with other people from outside your household unless they are part of your support bubble. 

“If people do the right thing and do these basic things correctly, then they can curb the spread of the virus and not only protect themselves but protect their loved ones and ultimately save lives.” 

To find out more about the council’s response to COVID-19, including support available for residents, businesses and local communities, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk/3stepstosafety 

If you do have any symptoms of COVID-19 - a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - you can request a test at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-testor by calling 119.

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