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South Yorkshire Tier 3 lockdown confirmed and what happens next

Written by on 21/10/2020

South Yorkshire will be put into Tier 3 lockdown from 00.01 on Saturday to combat the surge of coronavirus, it has been confirmed.

After six days of talks with the government, the leaders of South Yorkshire and key members at Number 10 managed to come to an agreement.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor for the Sheffield City Region confirmed the news this morning, Wednesday, and said that the decision “had not been taken likely”.

He said: “The four council leaders and I share the view that without action our population and that health services right across South Yorkshire are at risk and that our collective response must find a balance between the health and economic challenges in front of us.”

The county will also see £41 million worth of funding for the area to help support businesses and a local test and trace system.

It means that South Yorkshire will move from the “high” level Tier 2 into the “very high” level Tier 3.

Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire are all already in Tier 3.

Under the tighter restrictions, pubs and bars not serving a ‘substantial’ meal must close.

Separate households are banned from mixing both indoors and outdoors, in hospitality venues or private gardens.

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People would still be able to meet in groups of up to six people from different households in outdoor public spaces like parks.

There is also added ‘guidance’ against travelling in and out of the South Yorkshire area.

Mr Jarvis added: “Following extensive discussions with Ministers, local council leaders and I have agreed with Government that South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3, the ‘very high’ alert level for coronavirus restrictions.

“The restrictions will come into force from 00:01 on Saturday 24 October and cover all four local authority areas – Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.

“We all recognise the gravity of the situation and have taken the responsible route to ensure we save lives and livelihoods, and protect our NHS. More older people are contracting the virus. The number of people with COVID in our hospitals has doubled over the last ten days, with no signs this will relent over the coming weeks. Inaction was not an option.

“We called on Government to offer a local lockdown lifeline for our local authorities and economy, and the new restrictions will be introduced alongside resources which mean we are better equipped to control the virus and limit some of the damage on jobs and businesses.

“While infection rates vary across South Yorkshire, collective action was the only practical choice to keep everyone in our region safe. If restrictions are effective, individual local authorities will be able to move to lower alert levels as soon as it is safe to do so, in consultation with fellow local leaders, myself and national government.

“However, to reach that point as quickly as possible, it’s critical people in South Yorkshire follow the new restrictions as soon as they are in place. I want to thank everyone in the region for their perseverance. The character and grit of people in South Yorkshire will be needed in abundance to help us get through what will be an incredibly challenging period. Our NHS staff have worked tirelessly throughout this pandemic to keep us all safe. We owe it to them to ease the pressure ahead of the toughest winter our health service will ever face. I know people will step up and do their bit.”