Your South Yorkshire Tier 3 coronavirus questions answered
Written by Rother Radio News on 21/10/2020
It is an incredibly worrying, stressful and anxious time for everyone at the moment with fresh harsh restrictions being introduced across South Yorkshire.
The county will be under “very high” restrictions from Saturday and scores of businesses have been told that they will have to close the doors.
People will also not be able to mix with those not in their household or support bubble in any indoor setting.
However, you can still meet in groups of six in outdoor public settings such as beaches or parks.
South Yorkshire will join Liverpool, Manchester and Lancashire in the highest Tier 3 coronavirus alert level.
But there are still many questions that have been left unanswered. Below we try to answer some of those questions which you have told us you really need the answers to.
Yorkshire Live readers questions on Tier 3 restrictions in South Yorkshire:
Are hair and beauty salons remaining open?
Yes. These businesses are not having to close the doors due to the new restrictions being brought in.
Currently the only businesses in South Yorkshire that will have to close from Saturday, October 24 are:
- Pubs and bars that do no serve a “substantial meal”
- Betting shops
- Adult gaming centres
- Soft play areas
I live in Barnsley but work in a hotel in Wakefield. Will that remain open and can I travel to work?
The hotel will remain open and will not be asked to close under coronavirus restrictions.
At the moment only “essential travel” is advised to and from Tier 3 areas. However, there are exceptions for work, education and caring responsibilities.
Can my 2 oldest still go to there dads and stay over? He’s a single dad and we are his support bubble
If you form part of a support bubble this can still carry on under Tier 3 restrictions. This means that those in your support bubble can come to your home, stay over and visit places with you.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
Are churches and places of worship still open? Are you allowed to go with family to restaurants and cafes?
Yes churches and places of worship are still open.
However, if you do attend one you must not mix with anyone outside of your household or support bubble.
You are only allowed to go to restaurants/cafes and other hospitality venues with people in your household or support bubble.
The only time you can meet people outside of these is in a group of six in a public place such as a garden or beach.
As schools are remaining open and work places does that mean my parents can still provide informal childcare for my children?
Yes if you already have that arrangement.
The government website states the following people can provide childcare support in private homes and gardens:
- registered childcare providers, including nannies
- people in your support bubble
- people in your childcare bubble#
So I am a house cleaner am I allowed to still clean? If the owners are at home?
Yes that is still fine.
Anyone who can not work from home should go to their place of work.
Accommodation booked in Lake District for Sunday but just been announced Barnsley in tier 3 so can we go 2 people from same household?
At the moment the government are asking those who live in very high alert areas to avoid staying overnight in other areas of the UK.
There is an exception if you have to stay over for work, education or caring responsibilities.
You must also not stay with anyone you do not live with elsewhere in the UK or visit their home.
If you are resident in a very high alert level area, you may travel to hotels and other guest accommodation within that area but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble.
Can I meet my parents outdoors socially distanced for 2 hours?
You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in groups of six or less in certain outdoor public spaces, such as:
- parks, beaches, countryside, forests
- public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
- outdoor sports courts and facilities, and playgrounds
When you do so, you must not meet in a group of more than six. In England, this limit of six includes children of any age.
How long are the Tier 3 restrictions supposed to last?
The restrictions in South Yorkshire will be reviewed in 28 days.