Statement issued as South Yorkshire to stay in tier two lockdown
Written by Rother Radio News on 16/10/2020
South Yorkshire will remain under tier two lockdown restrictions, Sheffield City Region Mayor has confirmed.
Dan Jarvis said he and local leaders in South Yorkshire started “initial discussions” with the government today about the region’s alert levels going forward.
He said that while cases continue to rise, those living in South Yorkshire should continue to observe the tier two rules.
These came into effect on Wednesday and ban people from meeting with those outside their household or support bubble in any indoor space.
People may still meet with people outside their household or bubbles in outdoor spaces, but must obey the rule of six.
But Mr Jarvis warned that our economy is “being squeezed ever tighter” and said that a local lockdown “lifeline” is desperately needed.
He said: “Coronavirus cases continue to rise, infection rates are spreading from young to old, while our economy is being squeezed ever tighter.
“Our region faces an increasingly severe situation: we are treading an incredibly fine line to prevent more lives, jobs and businesses being lost, therefore reaching the right agreement is paramount.
“Ministers, local leaders and I have a responsibility to protect the health of our people, ensure we do not overwhelm the NHS this winter, and secure the best deal for South Yorkshire by supporting our economy and public services.
“We are clear, alongside fellow Northern leaders, that a local lockdown lifeline is needed.
“Additional restrictions must go hand in hand with significant additional resources and funding.”
He said that discussions with government will continue over this weekend and into next week, so in the meantime South Yorkshire remains under tier two.
This comes as prime minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation in a No. 10 coronavirus briefing today where he said that the government is trying to fend off a national lockdown.
He said: “We want the local approach to work, we’re giving it our best shot, we’re working with local regional mayors around the country to get this thing done.
“[…] I don’t want to see this country constantly locking down, we did it in March and April.”