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Harrogate MP 'relieved' that North Yorkshire avoids tougher restrictions

Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has commented on Harrogate moving into Tier 2 following the end of the second national lockdown.

Harrogate & Knaresborough MP, Andrew Jones, has commented on Harrogate moving into Tier 2 restrictions following the end of the national lockdown on 2nd December. Tier 2 restrictions, which can be found in full here, include no indoor household and will see a number of restraints on the hospitality industry. And Local MP Andrew Jones admitted 'relief' having feared North Yorkshire would face the toughest restrictions:

“At one stage when the local case numbers were growing rapidly, I feared North Yorkshire might even be in the top tier. So, I am a bit relieved that we have been able to avoid the toughest restrictions that come with Tier 3.  We have been able to do so because case levels are falling, and quite quickly too. “But we must not forget that this continues to be a difficult time for most business, and particularly the hospitality industry. There remains support for those businesses that are unable to open, as well as charities, arts organisations and community groups. I urge them to take advantage of all the support available. “As we are able to resume some economic activity, now is a good time to remember the local businesses that we all value so much. “We all wish to see our family and friends in the run up to Christmas, and whilst people can gather according to the rule of six outdoors, people must continue to socially distance, wash hands, wear face masks and make space. “I know that the government will be reviewing the tiers fortnightly and I very much hope that in two weeks Harrogate can move down to Tier 1.”
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