Around 1.4 million people living in the Sheffield city region will be subject to England’s tightest Covid-19 restrictions from 0:01am midnight Saturday the 24th. The new restrictions will apply to all four local authorities in South Yorkshire – Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.
The Key Changes from High to Very High alert level are as following:
❌ No household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens.
❌ Pubs and bars must close unless they operate as if they are a restaurant, serving substantial meals such as a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of the meal.
❌ The rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces such as parks.
❌ Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos, soft play areas will be closed.
❌ Gym classes, unless outdoors, will be stopped however gyms will remain open.
What support will South Yorkshire receive?
Local leaders in South Yorkshire have agreed to a financial package of £41 million which includes £30 million to support the region’s businesses and £11 million to support public health measures such as contact tracing.
How long will South Yorkshire be in Tier 3?
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick has said the new measures “will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary” and shall be reviewed in four weeks’ time. In the hope that the restrictions will be effective and allow local authorities to move back into lower alert levels as soon as it is safe to do so.
Can I travel outside of the Tier 3 alert zone?
It is advised that only essential journeys are made, for example, work purposes. The government does however say you should “aim to reduce the number of journeys you make”.
What support do closed businesses have within Tier 3 alert zones?
The Job Support Scheme is the successor to the Job Retention Scheme which ends on October the 31st. The scheme will support businesses whose premises are legally required to close as a direct result of the Covid-19 restrictions. Businesses which close can apply for financial support to cover staff wages, the scheme will pay two thirds (67%) of the employee’s salary up to £2,100 a month. Employers will not be required to contribute towards wages but will be asked to cover National Insurance and pension contributions.
Do open businesses receive any support?
The Job Support Scheme will also give support to businesses that remain open. The employee must work 33% of their usual hours which the employer will pay for. The government will also cover a third of the hours not worked by the employee and the employer will provide a third. Staff will therefore earn a minimum of 77% of their normal wage. This scheme will open on 1st November 2020 until April 2021.
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