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Sheffield on ‘Very High’ Alert: Full details of Tier 3 Lockdown

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Local leaders have announced that the Sheffield City Region will be going into Tier 3 — ‘Very High’ — Lockdown from Saturday.

Sheffield on ‘Very High’ Tier 3 Lockdown

Stricter restrictions for Sheffield will come into force from 00:01 on Saturday 23 October, it has been announced.

The new lockdown level was agreed between Government and local leaders including Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis, and will include £41million of funding.

£30million of that is earmarked for supporting the region’s businesses. The remaining £11million will be used to support public health measures such as Test and Trace in an effort to stop the spread of the virus.

What Tier 3 Lockdown Means For Sheffield and South Yorkshire

Tier 3 Lockdown comes with a number of more stringent restrictions, including:

  • People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
  • All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals. Alcohol can only be served where it is a part of that substantial meal.
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the Very High alert level or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the Very High alert area

Additionally, further restrictions will apply across South Yorkshire:

  • Additional closures will include: Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.
  • Gym classes will not be allowed and social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households (but gyms will remain open).

Face Coverings must continue to be worn in areas where it is mandated and Social Distancing guidelines should be adhered to.

People in Tier 3 areas should work from home where possible and aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.

Statement about Tier 3 Lockdown from Sheffield City Region Mayor Dan Jarvis

Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor on Tier 3 Restrictions
Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor

“Following extensive discussions with Ministers, local council leaders and I have agreed with Government that South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3, the ‘very high’ alert level for coronavirus restrictions. The restrictions will come into force from 00:01 on Saturday 24 October and cover all four local authority areas – Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

“We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensure we save lives and livelihoods, and protect our NHS. More older people are contracting the virus. The number of people with COVID in our hospitals has doubled over the last ten days, with no signs this will relent over the coming weeks. Inaction was not an option.

“We called on Government to offer a local lockdown lifeline for our local authorities and economy, and the new restrictions will be introduced alongside resources which mean we are better equipped to control the virus and limit some of the damage on jobs and businesses.

“While infection rates vary across South Yorkshire, collective action was the only practical choice to keep everyone in our region safe. If restrictions are effective, individual local authorities will be able to move to lower alert levels as soon as it is safe to do so, in consultation with fellow local leaders, myself and national government.

“However, to reach that point as quickly as possible, it’s critical people in South Yorkshire follow the new restrictions as soon as they are in place. I want to thank everyone in the region for their perseverance. The character and grit of people in South Yorkshire will be needed in abundance to help us get through what will be an incredibly challenging period. Our NHS staff have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to keep us all safe. We owe it to them to ease the pressure ahead of the toughest winter our health service will ever face. I know people will step up and do their bit.”Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor

Further information

The Government postcode checker shows which alert level applies in each area.

Guidance on each local COVID alert level is available here.

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