What does that mean for the local charities and community groups?
From one minute past midnight on Monday 2nd November, Kirklees and the rest of West Yorkshire, will move into the Tier 3 Very High Alert Level. However, the main difference in moving from Tier 2 to Tier 3 restrictions is that pubs and bars have to close, we can no longer meet in private gardens, and there advice about working from home and unnecessary travel (particularly out of the Tier 3 area) is strengthened. Other than that, the main exemptions to the these rules still apply, for example, you can still:
- Meet up to 6 people in a public outdoor space, park or allotment
- Meet in groups of more than 6 for work, volunteering to provide voluntary or charitable services
- Provide supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after school childcare), youth groups and activities, and children’s playgroups
- Provide emergency care, care or assistance for vulnerable people, support groups, mutual aid and therapy
- Provide outdoor sport and exercise
- Indoor sport for disabled people and under 18s
Read the full details of what your community group, organisation or community venue could and couldn’t do in Tier 2.
Read the current Tier 3 information from:
What we still don’t know…
However, each county/region has it’s own individual tailored extra restrictions as agreed with the Government, and these haven’t yet been announced or published for West Yorkshire.
We will let you know when we know more and will confirm and clarify what the rules mean for the third sector in Kirklees with Public Health officials.
However, from the information that the Government have published so far, it doesn’t look like these will affect most of us in the third sector, as they focus on:
- adult gaming centres
- betting shops
- car boot sales
- soft play centres and areas
Plus a ban on indoor classes for adults in gyms and sports facilities, although gyms and leisure centres can remain open.
You may also be interested in the new Job Support Scheme that comes in on 1st Nov (replacing the Furlough Scheme).