Health boss says ‘city will be in Tier 3’ after lockdown
Written by Rother Radio News on 24/11/2020
The director of public health for Sheffield says he expects the city to be placed into Tier 3 restrictions once the second national lockdown ends.
Greg Fell spoke to BBC Radio Sheffield this morning on his opinion of what the city could expect come December 2.
He said that his “assumption” was that the city would be placed in Tier 3 under the new coronavirus restrictions, this is despite rapidly falling numbers.
However, he did say that it was “difficult” to call and that there was an “outside” chance that it could be Tier 2 restrictions instead.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield this morning he said: “Numbers are coming down quite rapidly, last week the seven day instance was in the order of 350 per 200,000, its now 250 per 200,000 and still coming down, coming down rapidly.
“All of the other numbers are going in the right direction, again quite quickly.
“It’s difficult to call, my default assumption is that we’ll be in Tier 3 at the end of December 2.
“It’s difficult to call, there’s an outside chance it could be Tier 2 but, and its an important but, I think the decisions will be taken this week and they’ll be taken on the numbers at the time opposed to the trend.
“I’ll stick with my default assumption, hopefully I’ll be pleasantly surprised.”
A decision will be announced by Boris Johnson on Thursday on which areas will fall into which of the new tough tiers.
Tier 3 rules explained
Social contact: You cannot meet anyone socially, unless they are from your household or support bubble, either indoors or in outdoor spaces like private gardens, beer gardens, hospitality or ticketed venues.. However, rule of six limits still apply in outdoor open spaces, such as a park, forest, or beach.
Bubbles: Two households can form a ‘support bubble’ if one of them only has one adult; or a ‘childcare bubble’ if one of them has a child under 13. There’s also now a new exemption which allows a multi-adult household to form a support bubble no matter what, if that household has a child under one, or a child with care needs under five. If you’re in a bubble, you can behave as though you’re all in one household.
Pubs and restaurants: Hospitality venues must shut and can only remain open as “click and collect” or takeaway services. This includes hotels.
Schools, universities and childcare: These remain open in all circumstances, but universities can do more online learning.
Travel and holidays: You should limit any journeys made outside your local Tier 3 area – except for work and school run journeys. This is guidance, rather than the law. People are advised against overnight stays outside the area or having visitors to stay from elsewhere. This means no holidays.
Work: The advice is to work from home if you can.
Weddings and funerals: 15 guests can attend marriage ceremonies but receptions are banned. Funerals can have up to 30 mourners, with only 15 people allowed at the wake.
Shops: All retail – including non-essential shops – can stay open.
Gyms, pools, hairdressers, and ‘personal care’ (e.g. nail salons): These can stay open.
Cinemas, bingo, bowling, soft play and other indoor entertainment: These must shut in Tier 3.