Mayor of West Yorkshire responds to the introduction of new COVID-19 restrictions

Mayor of West Yorkshire responds to the introduction of new COVID-19 restrictions

The Prime Minister has today (Wednesday 8 December 2021) confirmed that England will move to Plan B, introducing:

  • Work from home from Monday 13 December 2021
  • Face masks in cinemas and theatres from Friday 10 December 2021
  • From Wednesday 15 December 2021, the COVID-19 NHS pass will be required where large crowds gather, such as nightclubs and large sports venues

Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire, said: “In order to slow transmission of the Omicron variant and COVID-19, I would urge everyone in West Yorkshire to follow the new rules and do your bit in order to slow transmissions and keep those who are most vulnerable safe.

“Tonight’s move to Plan B once again highlights the urgent need for people to take up the vaccine and their booster when invited, as this is the best way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community. Here in West Yorkshire, our cases remain highest in younger people, so I would like to take this opportunity to make a plea for them to follow advice and get vaccinated too.

“I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the those on the frontline and working in the emergency services, including the scientists, doctors, nurses, carers supermarket staff. You have all made us proud and we appreciate everything you do and continue to do for us.

“I would also like to pay tribute the people of West Yorkshire and the sacrifices they have made throughout the past 20 months. I know that people have given up so much, but I would urge them to listen to these rules, and not to lose sight of what is important. We must continue to stick together and do what is right.

Tonight’s news from the Government is not what any of us wanted and I understand that this will cause anxiety among our businesses, especially those working in hospitality and the night-time economy. I will therefore be seeking urgent clarification from government on what - if any - support will be available.”