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South Yorkshire to face tier 3 restrictions from Saturday

South Yorkshire to face tier 3 restrictions from Saturday

South Yorkshire will move into the highest tier of England's local lockdown system at 00:01 on Saturday 24 October, it has been announced.

The 'very high' tier (also known as tier 3) means that new restrictions will be implemented in the area. In particular, interhousehold mixing will be banned in all indoor settings and some outdoor settings, while all pubs and bars that do not serve substantial meals will have to close.

Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres will also have to close, and gym classes will not be allowed (though gyms and leisure centres will be allowed to remain open).

The move to the 'very high' tier from the 'high' tier follows discussions between the Government and local leaders and will cover Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and the city of Sheffield. 

Case rates in South Yorkshire are higher than many other areas of the country, varying from 285 cases per 100,000 people in Doncaster to 402 cases per 100,000 people in Sheffield.

South Yorkshire will join Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region which are already in the 'very high' tier, and also Greater Manchester which will join the highest tier on Friday. £11.2 million has been promised for local enforcement and contact tracing activity in South Yorkshire, while the Government has said that additional financial support will be provided for local companies.

Discussing the new measures in South Yorkshire, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said he is "very grateful to the local leadership in South Yorkshire who have worked together closely, cross party, on the need for additional measures to protect lives and livelihoods."

 

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