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How long will South Yorkshire be in Tier 3 and can areas come out individually?

Written by on 21/10/2020

South Yorkshire is now bracing itself as it is to be moved into the “very high” alert level of coronavirus restrictions from Saturday.

This means that all areas of the county, including Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham will be under the new Tier 3 restrictions.

It means that pubs and bars that do not sell a “substantial meal” will have to close the doors as well as betting shops, casinos and soft play areas.

But how long will Tier 3 be in place in South Yorkshire?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick said that the rules would be in place for “as long as necessary” but they will be reviewed jointly in 28 days.

In a tweet he said: “I fully recognise the huge impact this will have on communities in the area and the sacrifices people will be making.

“That’s why we have agreed an extensive package of support for local people, businesses and councils.

“The restrictions agreed together will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary.

“They will be reviewed jointly in 28 days time. The Govt will be working with local leaders as we tackle this challenge, for the benefit of all the people of S Yorkshire.”

Will local councils be able to leave Tier 3 at different times?

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones said that she lobbied the government successfully to ensure that local councils could individually come out of restrictions.

This means that after the 28 days the government and local leaders can look at individual figures to decide if they can come out of the harshest tier of restrictions.

In a statement Ros Jones said: “Very High Tier 3 will mean tighter restrictions for the borough and we must all collectively do our bit to get the infection rate down.

“I, along with other South Yorkshire leaders and the Sheffield City Region Mayor, have met with the Government to agree a package of financial support to boost the test and trace activity in our region and for local businesses to support them if they cannot trade.

“Although, I accepted the need to go into restrictions collectively to stem the rise in infections, I argued successfully to ensure that local councils could individually come out of restrictions, if they met the necessary levels at the end of the four week period when the tier category will be reviewed.

“I do want Doncaster to come out of this sooner rather than later so it is imperative we all work together to protect ourselves, our loved ones, our communities and the NHS.

“Equally I was keen to keep leisure centres and gyms open so that our residents are able to stay healthy.

“I would strongly urge everyone in the borough, whatever age, to follow the guidance to the letter to get us out of these stricter measures quicker – without your help, we cannot achieve this – so please Let’s Do it for Doncaster – together. Thank you.”