South Yorkshire faces toughest Covid-19 restrictions as 1.8m head for Tier 3

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South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3 of the government’s Covid-19 fighting lockdown restrictions, Sheffield City mayor Dan Jarvis has announced.

The move will force 1.8m people across Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield to abide by the government’s toughest lockdown restrictions.

Jarvis said that "while infection rates very" across the county "collective action was the only practical choice to keep everyone in our region safe".

Boris Johnson is also expected to make a statement on South Yorkshire later today, according to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick.

Jarvis told local leaders if the new restrictions work individual councils will be able to move to lower alert levels "as soon as it is safe to do so".

He said the number of people with Covid-19 in the region has "doubled over the last ten days" meaning "inaction was not an option".

From midnight on Saturday, October 24, people in South Yorkshire will not be able to mix with other households indoors or outdoors, including private gardens.

Pubs and bars will also be forced to close, with restaurants and other venues allowed to remain open if they serve food.

No wedding receptions will be permitted under the Tier 3 guidelines.

It comes as the Prime Minister confirmed Greater Manchester will be forced into the "very high" coronavirus alert level from Friday, October 23.

Speaking at a news conference on Tuesday, October 20, the PM said: "This evening, informed by the data we have just seen, I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to the Very High alert level."

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Under Tier 2 or 3, it is also illegal for anyone living in a lockdown area to have casual sex with someone from a different household.

In response to the question by a member of the public – Jake from Chester – Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press briefing: "What we are trying to avoid is a national lockdown at all.

"We don't rule anything out but the difficulty is that the distribution of the virus this time around is very uneven by comparison with March and April.

"And so the right response is, as many other countries are doing, to go to this local and regional approach."

  • Coronavirus
  • Lockdown
  • Boris Johnson

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