What you can and cannot do under new Tier 3 rules in parts of Yorkshire
Written by Rother Radio News on 23/10/2020
By this time tomorrow, millions of people in South Yorkshire will be living under the strictest Covid measures.
The region will be moving into tier three of the restrictions at 00.01 on Saturday, with more new rules governing everything from travelling to having a pint.
Tier three restrictions come as a big worry to the hospitality industry, as pubs that do not serve substantial meals must close for the foreseeable future.
In a bid to support struggling businesses, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced an emergency multi-billion pound bailout on Thursday.
The Job Support Scheme, which will replace the current furlough system from November 1, will be made more generous in an effort to persuade firms to keep staff in work.
Ahead of being put under tier three restrictions, Sheffield City Region Mayor, Dan Jarvis, agreed to a £41m financial package for South Yorkshire.
This includes £11m for test and trace efforts, compliance and enforcement, as well as £30m in ‘tailored economic support’.
Despite his resistance to tier three being imposed, he eventually conceded that “inaction was not an option”, as he made reference to the growing number of older people contracting the virus.
Here is everything that you can and cannot do from 00.01 on Saturday morning:
Meeting with family and friends
You cannot meet anyone that is outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, including hospitality venues.
You also cannot meet anyone that is outside of your household or support bubble in any private outdoor setting, such as someone’s garden, or outside in hospitality venues such as pub gardens.
You may continue to meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in outdoor public spaces, such as parks, beaches and the countryside; public gardens and allotments; and outdoor sports areas, including playgrounds.
When meeting with someone from outside your household or support bubble in an outdoor, public setting you must maintain a social distance and stick to the rule-of-six.
Availability of indoor venues
Pubs and bars will be required to close from 00.01 on Saturday, unless they are able to serve ‘substantial meals’, which includes a main lunchtime or evening meal.
They will only be able to serve alcohol if it comes with a meal, so people may not go to the pub just for a pint.
Retail venues and places of worship will remain open, but people may not mix with those outside of their household or support bubble.
Going to work
People who are able to work from home should do so over the winter months.
Public sector employees working in essential services, such as education, should continue to go to work.
Anyone else who is unable to work from home should also continue to go to work.
You can continue to travel in and out of a high and very-high alert area for work purposes.
The rule-of-six does not apply when gathering for work purposes, but all workplaces should be Covid-secure.
Going to school, college or university
Children can continue to attend school where their school or class bubble is open – though some schools are having to close bubbles due to positive cases.
Students at university may move home and commute to their university, but must not move back and forth between their home address and their student address.
Those commuting are permitted to travel in and out of high and very-high alert areas to attend university.
Parents may continue to use childcare, such as childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.
Childcare requirements are exempt from the rule-of-six and registered childcare providers can continue to provide childcare in private homes and gardens.
In additional to people in your household or support bubble, people in your ‘childcare bubble’ will also be permitted to provide childcare in private homes and gardens.
The government defines a childcare bubble as: “Where someone in one household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must always be between the same 2 households.”
You should not visit relatives in a care home unless in ‘exceptional circumstances’, which includes visiting a relative at the end of their life.
You should aim to reduce non-essential travel, but may continue to visit amenities which are open in very-high alert areas for purposes of work or education.
The government has advised against leisure travel into or out of an area in a very- high alert level.
You may pass through very-high alert level areas if you are travelling elsewhere.
You should also not leave a very-high alert area to stay overnight in another area.
Weddings and funerals
Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals must only take place in Covid-secure venues or outdoors.
Wedding and civil partnerships are limited to 15 guests and receptions must not take place in a very-high alert area.
Funerals are limited to 30 guests and wakes or linked ceremonial events are limited to 15 guests and must not take place in private homes.
You can continue to move house if you live in a very-high alert area.
Estate agents can also continue to undertake viewings on properties.
There are a number of exemptions to these rules, which can be found on the government website.