Ryedale moves into Tier 3 on New Year's Eve
Today (30 December 2020) the government updated the tiering arrangements across the country.
As a result of these new arrangements, Ryedale will move into Tier 3 on 31 December 2020, as will the rest of North Yorkshire. This will mean that Tier 3 restrictions are in place in Ryedale for New Year's Eve and beyond.
Commenting on this change, Councillor Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:
“Today’s announcement, just before the New Year, will be a gutting blow for our struggling businesses. This is particularly the case for those working in the hospitality sector which our district relies upon and is renowned for. We can not gloss over the damaging effect that Tier 3 is going to have economically, nor can we underestimate the ongoing importance of the grant funding administered by Ryedale District Council.
“We have had staff working over Christmas to get grants out to those who so desperately need them. So far, we have sent out over £25m. Our staff will continue to act as promptly and as efficiently as we can to help individuals and businesses in need into the New Year.
“People have behaved very responsibly in Ryedale by wearing face masks where necessary, washing their hands and maintaining social distancing, and I urge everyone to keep following these important rules.
“My sincere hope for 2021 is that we can finally turn the tide on this virus and get back to business as usual. We have heard positive news this week about vaccines, so there is light at the end of the tunnel. But right now, I would ask everyone in Ryedale to keep on protecting each other and to stay safe this New Year.”