The Tier 3 rules around meeting family and friends in South Yorkshire
Written by Rother Radio News on 21/10/2020
South Yorkshire will be under Tier 3 lockdown restrictions on Saturday.
It means that residents in Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster will all have to follow stricter measures around household mixing and pubs and bars that don’t serve food will have to close the doors.
The restrictions for the “very high” coronavirus alert level come into force at 00.01 am on Saturday, October 24.
But what do these new measures mean for mixing with family and friends and support bubbles?
What the government says about meeting family and friends
You can’t meet with anyone outside of your household/support bubble in any indoor setting, including homes, restaurants, pubs and bars.
Support bubble guidance remains the same, meaning a household with only one adult can join up with another household, allowing them visit each other, stay overnight, and visit places together.
Informal childcare can also be provided via childcare bubbles.
Unlike in Tier 2 areas, you must not meet with people outside of your household/support bubble in a private garden ‘or in most outdoor public venues’.
This suggests you shouldn’t meet those not in your household at an outdoor seating area at a restaurant or pub beer garden.
The government guidance says no one must mix indoors or in most public outdoor venues with anyone who they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with). This includes in:
- Pubs and restaurants, where they are permitted to open
- Leisure and entertainment venues
- Places of worship
However you can continue to see people you don’t live with in groups of six or less in the following outdoor places:
- Parks, beaches, countryside, forests
- Public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
- Outdoor sports courts and facilities, and playgrounds
When meeting friends and family outdoors you should:
- Follow social distancing rules
- Limit how many different people you see socially over a short period of time – however the government hasn’t specified this limit