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‘Selfish people’ and government blamed as South Yorks faces Tier 3

Written by on 22/10/2020

News that South Yorkshire would be heading for tier three lockdown was not unexpected.

After days of talks between local councils and government, an agreement was finally reached for the area to go into the ‘very high’ Covid-19 alert level.

Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, agreed to a £41m financial support package for the region as he accepted the new restrictions, saying that he felt “inaction was not an option”.

He said that the new measures were necessary given the number of older people contracting Covid-19, coupled with the number of people in hospital having doubled over the past ten days.

The new restrictions for South Yorkshire now mean that pubs must shut unless they serve a ‘substantial meal’.

The restrictions, which will come into force at 00.01 on Saturday (October 24) also mean that people may not socialise with anyone outside of their household or support bubble, in any private indoor and outdoor area.

This includes private gardens, hospitality gardens and ticketed venues, though socialising with people is still permitted in public outdoor spaces such as parks.

People should also try to avoid anything but ‘essential’ travel outside or into South Yorkshire and should not stay in another part of the UK overnight.

The full list of restrictions and what they mean for South Yorkshire can be found here.

Despite these restrictions feeling as though they were a long time coming, they have still been met with dismay by locals.

Anne Brown said: “The government have handled this so badly from the start that we shouldn’t have to be in this situation now.”

And Irene Watkins said that she will follow the guidance “when the government speak common sense”.

Some people in South Yorkshire have questioned how long these new restrictions will last.

Lily Owen said: “I will follow the guidelines like I did last time. That lasted five months. I hope it is not as long this time”.

But Margaret Hall said that anyone who believes that these restrictions will be dropped in 28 days is “naive”.

John Cook shared his anger at people being “selfish” who he feels have caused this new lockdown, saying: “Not complacent, selfish! It is because of the ones who wouldn’t follow basic rules that we are where we are now!”

Gillian Connell was one of many who said that these new rules do not affect her because her behaviour had not changed when the earlier lockdown rules were lifted.

“I’ve not even come out of the first one, except to do my shopping once a month and wore the mask,” she said.

What do you think about the tier three rules for South Yorkshire? Let us know in the comments!