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What Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions mean for South Yorkshire

Written by on 21/10/2020

It was confirmed this morning that South Yorkshire will enter the harshest Tier 3 restrictions from Saturday.

Dan Jarvis, Mayor for the Sheffield City Region, issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the decision was “not taken lightly” to move the area into Tier 3.

Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster will all be involved in the new measures will put further restrictions on socialising and the hospitality sector.

The restrictions will come into place at 00.01 on Saturday October 24.

Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, said: “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.”

But what does this mean for South Yorkshire?

  • People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
  • All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the Very High alert level or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the Very High alert area
  • Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres will also close
  • Gym classes will not be allowed and social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households (but gyms will remain open).