Rotherham enters Tier 3 restrictions 

Rotherham and the whole of South Yorkshire will enter Tier 3: Very High Alert Covid-19 restrictions from Wednesday 2 December as the national lockdown comes to an end.

Rotherham enters Tier 3 restrictions 

Rotherham and the whole of South Yorkshire will enter Tier 3: Very High Alert Covid-19 restrictions from tomorrow (Wednesday 2 December), as the national lockdown comes to an end.

The changes mean that all retail, gyms and close-contact beauty services like hairdressers will be able to re-open but many venues including pubs, restaurants, hotels and indoor entertainment such as cinemas and bingo halls must remain closed in tier 3 areas.

In tier 3 restrictions you must not meet people from outside your household or support bubble socially, either indoors or in most outdoor places. This includes in any private garden and most outdoor venues.

You can meet others in a group of no more than 6 people at some outdoor public spaces, such as parks or countryside accessible to the public or a heritage site – this is called the ‘rule of 6’. Social distancing must be used.

View the guidance and all the new restrictions for Tier 3 areas.

There are some frequently asked questions about tier 3 restrictions available on the Rotherham Council website, which we will be adding to in the coming days.

Why Tier 3 for Rotherham?

The Government has based its decision on which areas to place in each tier on five key indicators:

  • case detection rates in all age groups
  • case detection rates in the over-60s
  • the rate at which cases are rising or falling
  • positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
  • pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy

Despite overall infection rates falling in South Yorkshire for the last few weeks, case rates in the over 60s age group - amongst those most at risk from serious, life-threatening illness from Covid-19 - remain very high. Pressure on local NHS services also remains high due to the number of Covid-19 patients in local hospitals.

The Government will review the tiers for each area every fortnight.

If we follow the guidance and work together to improve the position in Rotherham there is a good chance we will be moved to a lower tier and some restrictions will be eased.

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