South Yorkshire moving into Very High Alert level

South Yorkshire moving into Very High Alert level from Saturday 24 October


South Yorkshire moving into Very High Alert level from Saturday 24 October

Today it has been announced that South Yorkshire will move into the “Tier 3 Very High Alert” level in response to the high number of Covid infections in the region.

Rotherham, along with Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield will, from Saturday, have tighter restrictions designed to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Liverpool and Lancashire previously have been moved into Tier 3, and Greater Manchester also will move this week.

We would urge people to comply with these new restrictions, to drive down the rates of infection in Rotherham and to protect the NHS.

The new measures will take effect from 00:01 Saturday 24th October.

This means that in addition to national restrictions, the following rules apply in Rotherham from 24th October:

  1. You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.
  2. You must also not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
  3. Pubs and bars will be closed unless they are serving substantial meals.
  4. Office workers who can work effectively from home should do so.
  5. It is advised to avoid travel where possible, in or out of the region, except for essential journeys such as school, college and work. You may travel to open venues but should reduce the number of journeys.
  6. The following restrictions on premises are also in place in South Yorkshire:
    1. Soft play centres, casinos and adult gaming centres are to close
    2. Leisure centre classes are not to take place, however leisure centres and gyms can remain open
    3. Wedding receptions are not permitted
    4. Betting shops - to be confirmed

As part of the Tier 3 restrictions, businesses which have to close will be entitled to Government grants of up to £3,000 every four weeks, and staff unable to work at those businesses will be able access two thirds of their wages up to a maximum of £2,100.

Additional Government money will also be made available to local authorities and the detail of the further financial package is being worked on with the Government to support the local economy.

The funding for South Yorkshire includes £30m to support the region’s businesses, and £11m for local authorities to support public health measures such as Test and Trace to stop the spread of the virus. This £41m funding is in line with support offered to the Liverpool City Region and Lancashire (on a per head funding basis).



More detail on the restrictions can be found here:


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