Every business which must stay SHUT if Sheffield goes back to Tier 3 lockdown

Cinemas, theatres, museums and casinos will be ordered to close their doors in Sheffield if the area is placed under the harshest Covid-19 restrictions.

Tuesday, 24th November 2020, 10:01 am

Ministers are expected to confirm which cities and counties are in each tier of the new lockdown system on Thursday, November 26.

Sheffield was previously in Tier Three of the original regional lockdown levels and is anticipated to be moved into the highest band again.

Under the harshest new lockdown restrictions which were unveiled yesterday (Monday, November 23) indoor entertainment and tourist venues will not be allowed to remain open.

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Indoor play centres, casinos, museums and cinemas will be forced to close in Sheffield if the city is placed under Tier Three restrictions.

This includes soft play areas, trampolining parks, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, alongside amusement arcades and laser quests and escape rooms.

Cinemas, theatres, concert and snooker halls are also forced to shut under Tier Three measures in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.

While indoor shops and public toilets at mostly outdoor entertainment venues can remain open, zoos, safari parks, farms, aquariums and wildlife reserves are prevented from welcoming customers.

Botanical gardens, galleries, sculpture parks, theme parks, circuses and fairgrounds must stay shut in areas classified as ‘very high’ level of coronavirus risk, alongside castles, stately homes and heritage sites.

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites and guest houses will remain closed but there are exceptions for people who use these venues as their main residence and for people requiring venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training.

Hospitality venues such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are forbidden from reopening after lockdown but can provide takeaway, drive-through or click-and-collect services.

Leisure and sports facilities can continue to stay open but group exercise classes, including fitness and dance are not allowed to go ahead, with saunas and steam rooms also set to stay closed.

Organised sport cannot take place indoors but physical activity and fitness classes can continue outside – although higher-risk contact exercise is advised not to take place.

The government has also instructed residents living in Tier Three areas to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible, but permits travel to venues or amenities which are allowed to stay open.

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