Following Government advice during the coronavirus pandemic, my office staff are now working from home until further notice. We are still able to respond to enquiries via email, telephone and post. I am receiving many enquiries about Covid19. Whilst my staff and I will respond to these as quickly as possible, I urge people to follow updates from the Government and Sheffield City Council. More details are available below.

IMPORTANT AND USEFUL INFORMATION – COVID-19

  • For the latest updates and guidance from the Government, please click here.
  • For local updates from Sheffield City Council, click here or call the dedicated Coronavirus phone line to ask any questions about the virus on 0114 273 4567
  • If you are feeling unwell, please visit the NHS website and follow advice, click here.
  • If you need support with your business you should contact Sheffield City Council’s business support team on 0114 224 5000 or email businesssheffield@sheffield.gov.uk.

England is now in lockdown

 

What does this mean?

The coronavirus disease, particularly the new variant, has now spread to deeply concerning levels. The NHS continues to be at risk of being overwhelmed should measures not be taken to prevent this. The current lockdown began at 00.01 on Wednesday 6 January 2021. The Government has said it will publish a roadmap out of the lockdown on 22 February.

This lockdown is more similar to the one from March 2020, with stronger emphasis on reducing social mixing. As the vaccine roll out continues, it is important that people follow the rules in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

 

What are the restrictions?

Information courtesy of Sheffield City Council

  • stay at home and only go out for essential reasons such as shopping, exercise or medical appointments
  • work from home if you can
  • clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to shield and limit the time they spend outside their home
  • don’t mix with other households indoors or outdoors (except those in a support bubble or childcare bubble)
  • you can exercise once per day with your household (or support bubble) or one other person outside your household
  • you should not travel outside your local area. Only leave your area for work, education, caring responsibilities or medical reasons
  • primary and secondary schools are providing online learning for all pupils. Schools remain open only for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers
  • universities and colleges are providing online learning (except for students who are eligible for face to face teaching on specific courses)
  • nurseries and Early Years settings are open
  • safe visiting opportunities for friends or family in care homes are available – check the guidance (external link)

A full list of rules and restrictions can be found on gov.uk by clicking the link below.

 

What if you have COVID-19 symptoms?

You should immediately self-isolate and get a test as soon as possible. Sheffield has 6 testing centres at the following locations:

  • Local Testing Site at Sharrow
  • Local Testing Site at Darnall
  • Regional Testing Site at Meadowhall
  • The Mobile Testing Unit at the former Hazel Barrow Primary School site, Hazel Barrow Crescent, S8 8AN
  • Local Testing Site at Burngreave
  • Local Testing Site at Upperthorpe

Tests MUST be pre-booked, you can do this by clicking here (external link).

 

How is Sheffield responding to COVID-19?

Sheffield’s response is led by the City Council in conjunction with the UK Government, NHS and many others working in the public interest. The Council are advised by the Director of Public Health, Greg Fell. Greg publishes informative video updates on the Council website, which can be found by clicking here (external link).

 

What if you need help or support during the lockdown?

Many people will find the lockdown difficult, I have a page dedicated to support for people’s welfare or business support. This is not an exhaustive list of the support available to people, but it may point you in the right direction for support. Find out more details by clicking here.

 

You can find below external links to information, advice and guidance from the Government, NHS, Sheffield City Council.

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