Breaking: Sheffield to move into a Tier Three lockdown from Saturday
Pubs not serving a ‘substantial meal’ will be forced to shut
South Yorkshire is to move into a Tier Three lockdown from Saturday.
The new restrictions will cover the areas of Doncaster, Rotherham, Barnsley and Sheffield. This means that from the weekend, Sheffield will be placed on a “very high COVID alert” level.
Following the new restrictions, a new ban on household mixing both in and outdoors will be implemented. This includes hospitality venues and private gardens.
As well as this, pubs and bars that don’t offer a substantial meal will have to close and the 10pm curfew will stay in place.
It comes despite cases dropping dramatically at the University of Sheffield, but since education is not impacted by the restrictions universities will not be forced to end all face-to-face teaching.
The mayor of Sheffield, Dan Jarvis, said that the move to a tier-three lockdown followed “extensive discussions”.
He added: “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 10 days, with no signs this will relent over the coming weeks. Inaction was not an option.
“We called on Government to offer a local lockdown lifeline for our local authorities and economy, and the new restrictions will be introduced alongside resources which mean we are better equipped to control the virus and limit some of the damage on jobs and businesses.”
Sheffield is the second city in England to move into these ‘high alert’ measures, and will follow Liverpool.
Manchester is to move into a level three lockdown on Friday, despite this being against local leaders’ suggestions.