South Yorkshire enters Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions
Written by Rother Radio News on 23/10/2020
Around 1.4 million people in South Yorkshire are now under England’s toughest coronavirus restrictions.
From 12.01am on Saturday, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield were covered by Tier 3 restrictions, aimed at cutting the spread of the virus.
It comes after nearly a fortnight of negotiations between local leaders and the UK government, which agreed a £41m support package for the region.
Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said in a letter to residents just hours before the new rules came into force, that he had “moved heaven and earth to secure the maximum amount of resource that we could”.
He added: “After the progress we made over the summer, the return to stricter restrictions is deeply frustrating.
“Many of you will be fearing for your families, your livelihoods, your future.
“Some of you will be wondering if these measures are worth it.
“Those feelings are understandable.
“But we should be under no illusions: these measures are needed.”
Coventry, Stoke and Slough have also entered Tier 2 on Saturday.
Warrington will enter Tier 3 next week and discussions are continuing for Nottingham.
On Friday morning, Greater Manchester moved into Tier 3, joining Lancashire and Liverpool City Region. Also, on Friday evening, Wales began a two-week lockdown.
A further 224 people died within 28 days of testing positive – a rise on Thursday’s count which was 189.
© Sky News 2020