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Government’s key reasons South Yorkshire can’t be in Tier 1 or 2

Written by on 26/11/2020

The government has issued reasons why it has placed South Yorkshire into the highest Tier 3 restrictions once national lockdown ends next week.

It announced this morning that Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham would all be placed under the “very high” restrictions from December 2.

This is despite figures and infection rates steadily falling in the area.

However, government did say it has been placed in Tier 3 due to high numbers of cases in all ages and those over 60.

It also said that there is some pressure still on NHS trusts.

On why South Yorkshire is in Tier 3 it said: “This area is improving with case rates falling in all 4 lower tier local authorities.

“However, case rates in all ages and rates in those over 60 remain very high (274/100,000 and 223/100,000 respectively).

Follow the latest coronavirus updates for Yorkshire here.

“Positivity is 11.0%. There is pressure on local NHS Trusts.”

Once Tier 3 restrictions come in it will mean that hospitality will have to remain closed and only offer a delivery or click and collect service.

Households will not be allowed to mix, unless as part of a support bubble and indoor entertainment venues will also have to stay shut.