WEST Yorkshire remains in Tier 2 today, with local leaders saying “there is not a case to move West Yorkshire to Tier 3 this week.”

A statement from the five leaders of West Yorkshire Councils (Bradford, Leeds, Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield) – issued on Tuesday afternoon – said: “Government Ministers did not meet Leaders today.

“Local and national public health experts agree that there is not a case to move West Yorkshire to Tier Three this week.

“The decision to maintain Tier Two (High Risk) restrictions reflects the progress that has been made by councils, Public Health England, the NHS and other partners working together to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect lives.

“To further reduce the risk of increased restrictions becoming necessary, it remains essential that everyone in West Yorkshire plays their part by following the rules, particularly when it comes to instructions to self-isolate.

“And we need the Government’s support now for measures including local test and trace, deep engagement with our communities and financial help for those self-isolating.

“Tier Two status will continue to have an impact on our economy, particularly the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors and their associated supply chains which together employ more than 200,000 people.

“We urge the Government to respond to our proposals to protect businesses, jobs and incomes, and to support our plan for economic recovery including a package for people who have already lost their jobs to develop new skills.”