Coronavirus LIVE updates and Level 2 lockdown reaction as Sheffield, Kirklees, Leeds and Yorkshire get new rules

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Reaction from the MP for Kirklees

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman said:

We don’t want to be back where we were in May.

We must obey these restrictions. We will be heading towards a national emergency if we don’t.

He praised the work of Kirklees Council leaders and staff to fight Covid-19 in recent months.

But he said the time had come for the government to organize for what he described as “the potential for a perfect storm in every local authority area”.

He added:

We must continue to fight to bring the numbers down.

Jason McCartney, MP for Colne Valley, has pledged to push for more support for the local economy, mental health and wellness, as the fight against the virus continues.

He said:

I’m glad we’re not on the highest alert level and welcome what hopefully will be simpler advice as we all strive to tackle the growing number of Covid cases and hospitalizations in Kirklees.

Thank you to everyone who worked and volunteered in our community during this crisis.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said it was “disappointing” that communities in Kirklees have to agree to further restrictions.

She added:

However, Level 2 means that many businesses can stay open and people can still participate in many aspects of their daily lives which is so important for mental health and well-being.

What is important above all is that these restrictions work and that the spread of the coronavirus slows down.

The sacrifices we make must come to something, and if cases do decrease, the restrictions should ease as well.

Mark Eastwood, MP for Dewsbury, said the government’s announcement came close to existing measures already in place in Kirklees.

The level 2 restrictions are clear and simple: no more than six people can congregate outside and there can be no home mixing inside. The same exemptions apply as before.

I am very happy that pubs and restaurants are still allowed to operate. However, it’s essential that we stick to the rules: wash our hands, cover our faces, and keep space through social distancing to make sure we don’t get into the Level 3 restrictions.

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