The government has placed South Yorkshire on a ‘high’ COVID alert level, Tier 2 in the new classification system.
This means from Wednesday 14 October the following restrictions in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be in place:
- People must not meet with anyone outside their own household or support bubble in any indoor setting.
- No more than six people can meet outside (including gardens)
- Residents can continue to travel in the area, but people are advised to limit their travel
- Work from home where possible
- Hospitality remains open but with a 10pm curfew
It is also being advised that all residents must continue to:
- Wash their hand regularly, and for at least 20 seconds
- Wear face coverings on public transport and in shops,
- Limit their contact with others and socially distance where possible
- If you have symptoms to isolate immediately, get a test and remain in isolation for the full 14 days.
Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis said:
“These measures are necessary, but I understand the hardship they will cause for many families and communities across South Yorkshire, and how difficult and frustrating it is to be asked to accept further restrictions when we have already had to endure months of lockdown earlier in the year.
“I have made clear to government that if they are to work, these restrictions must go hand in hand with improvements in their support.
“We need the powers and funding to protect our people and our economy, we need transparency about how the government has arrived at its decisions, including the underlying data and science, and we need a clear strategy for how we exit restrictions. Ministers must step up to preserve the credibility and trust that are essential to any of these measures.
“But we should be in no doubt. Over recent weeks, coronavirus cases across South Yorkshire and the North of England have continued to rise at a concerning rate. We have now reached the situation where further restrictions need to be brought in to slow the spread of the virus and to protect lives and livelihoods. This is still our best weapon against COVID, and it is essential that we all follow the rules if we are to avoid more cases and more restrictions.
“These are worrying and unsettling times, but we will make it through this together.”