Sheffield enters Tier 3 lockdown talks with government
Written by Rother Radio News on 16/10/2020
Meetings are due to start today (Friday) with government leaders in South Yorkshire to discuss whether extra coronavirus restrictions need to be brought in to the county.
Top government officials will meet with leaders to start discussions on what further measures might come into place in the coming days or weeks.
This could include the area being brought under Tier 3 restrictions, although no final decision has yet been ratified on whether this will be the case.
Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, will be a part of the talks today, which are expected to go on over the weekend and into early next week.
A spokeswoman for the Sheffield City Region told Yorkshire Live that the meeting will be the start of discussions into what the next steps for the county will be.
However, a decision is not likely to be reached until next week at the earliest.
The talks will also focus on health, the economy and any impact the measures will have on livelihoods.
A spokeswoman for the Sheffield City Region said: “The talks starting today will centre around further restrictions that need to be brought in.
“An obvious next step would be Tier 3, but it does not necessarily mean that will happen.
“No decision has yet been made on what will happen but it is likely that we will have more information and more to say by early next week.”
It comes as Lancashire was confirmed to be going into the strict Tier 3 measures.
Leaders there agreed a deal with the government for the area to go into the “very high” measures which means that bars and pubs will close. However, gyms will be able to stay open.
What happens in Tier 2?
Tier 2 is for higher-risk areas and includes:
- Everything in Tier 1, plus:
- Indoor gatherings banned: Social gatherings are not allowed indoors between anyone who doesn’t live together (other than bubbles and exemptions).
- Public transport cut: People are only advised to use public transport for essential reasons.
What happens in Tier 3?
Tier 3 is for the highest-risk areas, and goes much further than the Tier 2 rules. It includes:
- Everything in Tiers 1 and 2, plus:
- Pubs and restaurants shut: Mayors expect pubs in these areas to be closed by law. There is speculation restaurants may be able to remain open until 10pm.
- Hairdressers and leisure centres shut: Reports suggest the closure of beauty salons and sports centres is up for discussion, but it’s not decided.
- Non-essential travel banned: People may be advised against travelling in, out or within the area unless for purposes like work or school.
- No mixing outdoors: Reports suggest mixing between people who don’t live together could be banned in all settings, even outdoors.
- Shielding resumes: Reports suggested the clinically vulnerable in these areas might be asked to shield again for the first time since August. No funding to help them do so has yet been confirmed.
- But schools and workplaces stay open: Ministers have made clear schools will be the last thing to shut.