What does Tier 3 mean?
Tier 3 or a ‘Very High’ alert level is the highest level of coronavirus restrictions. As of Saturday 24 October Sheffield City Region, or South Yorkshire, will be in this level. It includes stronger restrictions than Tier 2, including more limits on mixing households and requires some establishments to close.
As a result of moving to Tier 3, Sheffield City Region and the local authorities within it have access to enhanced financial support, thanks to efforts of Dan Jarvis MP, the Mayor of Sheffield City Region. This includes £30 million will be used to support the region’s businesses and £11m will be given to local authorities to support public health measures, such as Test and Trace.
You can find full details about restrictions and support available to businesses by visiting Sheffield City Council’s website by clicking here.
What are the restrictions
Information courtesy of Sheffield City Council
- People 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. You also must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.
- People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue. Venues following COVID-secure guidance can host more people in total, but no one must mix indoors or in most public outdoor venues with anyone who they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with). This includes in pubs and restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship.
- Pubs and bars will close and will only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They will only be able to serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises, can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ alert level or entering a ‘Very High’ alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey. If people need to travel they are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, to allow for social distancing.
- Face masks must be worn on all public transport and not car share with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing. If people need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.
- People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the ‘Very High’ alert area.
- Visits should not be made to a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit someone who is at the end of their life.
In addition, the following restrictions will also apply in South Yorkshire:
- Additional closures will include: Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.
- Gym classes will not be allowed (but gyms will remain open).
(*A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.)