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Coronavirus update Wednesday 8th April 2020

Ask Alex

Join me at 2pm for Ask Alex on Facebook live. This is an opportunity for you to ask me questions live online. I am doing these sessions every Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm

NHS and Social Care Staff Testing

I am continuing to raise the concerns of Health and Social Care leaders in the city and region with regard to levels of staff testing for NHS and social care staff. We understand that there will be some tests available for staff starting later this week with further increases anticipated to follow. With approximately 57,000 Health and Social Care staff in Leeds alone, current Covid-19 related absence levels are a challenge.

Update on Bus and Rail Services from West Yorkshire Combined Authority

Bus and rail operators are now running a ‘key worker network.’ Those who need to use public transport for essential journeys are being urged to regularly check and @metrotravelnews for the latest information before they travel.

WYCA have relaxed restrictions on concessionary passes to allow travel at all times of day for those who have no alternative. Working with Leeds City Council and First, WYCA have closed the Temple Green and Elland Road park-and-ride sites in Leeds. Bus stations are open and are key hubs for the network. However, in line with the closure of all but essential retail services, all West Yorkshire bus station travel centres will be closed until further notice. We are directing customers to other ways they can find the information they need and buy bus tickets online like from and @metrotravelnews. Bus stations remain open with our staff in the stations supporting key workers and other who need to undertake essential travel.  WYCA are now working the bus operators and Government on the new funding and planning arrangements for buses during the pandemic.

No council evictions during crisis

Leeds City Council has said it will not evict any tenant who is in arrears until the end of the coronavirus lockdown. They said last month it would not take action against tenants who failed to pay their rent until the end of March. That period has now been extended, even for those whose arrears are unrelated to the pandemic.

Death toll and lockdown measures

Coronavirus death toll in Yorkshire rises by 59 as 758 more deaths confirmed in England. The Foreign Secretary last night announced that we are not yet at the stage where lockdown measures will e reviewed. Please stay safe and stay indoors.


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