West Yorkshire will be plunged into the toughest level of coronavirus restrictions from Monday.
The region, which includes Leeds, Bradford and Huddersfield, will enter a tier three lockdown after local leaders agreed a bailout deal with the Government.
Leeds City Council’s chief executive Tom Riordan said a support package of £46.6 million had been negotiated for the region, on top the tier two funding already agreed.
He said there would also be an additional £12.7 million for testing and tracing, Yorkshire Live reports.
Discussions about moving West Yorkshire into the toughest band of restrictions have been ongoing for several days.
Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe said the Government was ‘unflinching in their resolve’ to place the region into tier three, but denied it was a ‘stand-off’.
The rule changes mean that pubs, bars and restaurants must close completely, unless they serve a substantial meal with each drink.
On top of that, casinos and betting shops, soft play centres, adult gaming centres and car boot sales will also have to close.
The county follows South Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, The Liverpool City Region and Lancashire in being placed in the Very High alert catergory, along with Warrington in Cheshire.
Hospital admissions have risen dramatically in the region recently, with NHS figures showing Yorkshire and Humber has the fastest-growing Covid-19 rates in England.
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