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Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham to be in Tier 3 after lockdown

Written by on 26/11/2020

The whole of South Yorkshire will be in Tier 3 once national lockdown ends it has been announced.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in a statement in the House of Commons at 11.30am today, November 26.

This means that Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley will all be back under the toughest tier measures.

The new tough tier measures aim to bring coronavirus down further before the easing of restrictions around Christmas.

Measures are said to be reviewed every two weeks, with the first coming on December 16.

But what are the new Tier 3 rules?

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.