"It's going to be a tough few months ahead": Publican's fears as dozens of Sheffield pubs are forced to close due to Tier 3 lockdown
A Sheffield pub which will be forced to close under Tier 3 restrictions has warned ‘it’s going to be a tough few months ahead’ as dozens of watering holes prepare to shut.
South Yorkshire will be placed under the ‘very high’ level lockdown measures at 00.01am on Saturday, October 24 – which prevents households from mixing in any indoor setting or in private gardens or most public outdoor venues.
Pubs and bars which don’t serve ‘substantial meals’ will also be forced to close under the Tier 3 restrictions, in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus.
The Dog and Partridge on Trippet Lane is among dozens of pubs across the city which will be ordered to shut up shop over the weekend.
Following confirmation that the region was going to enter the strictest measures yesterday, the premises tweeted: “Well, this is it, folks.
"We'll be closed from Saturday because we don't serve food.
"We have tables available tonight, tomorrow and Friday.
"Last chance to come and have a drink with us for a while, and we'd appreciate any support.
"It's going to be a tough few months.”
Club Baize in Beighton, Woodseats Working Men’s Club, The Sheaf View in Lowfield and The Hallamshire House in Crookesmoor also confirmed they would not be reopening to the public on Saturday.
The Harlequin pub near Kelham Island, The Red Deer in the city centre and Two Thirds Beer Co in Nether Edge will serve their last orders at 10pm on Friday – at least until the lockdown restrictions are reviewed next month.
Watering holes including The Brothers Arms and The White Lion in Heeley, The Fox and Duck in Broomhill and Bungalows and Bears on Divison Street will also be closed from Saturday – as many pubs which do offer meals do not make enough income from selling food alone.
In a post on Facebook, The Red Deer said: “With the confirmation of T3, I have made the decision to temporarily close the pub from Saturday.
"It is possible to continue trading under the ‘Substantial food’ condition, however I think the risk to staff and customers health outweighs the trade possibilities.”
The Red Deer hopes to continue drink deliveries under the new restrictions, using a local delivery service that could expand to food orders later on.
Jake Nickles who runs the pub on Pitt Street thanked his staff and customers for supporting local businesses.
He continued: “On a personal note, I’d like to thank you all for the immense support you have given us.
"It is this that has kept me going during these challenging times.
"I must acknowledge my team as well; these fantastic people have been the glue keeping all the pieces together, and their flexibility during the ever changing rules and regulations has made the multiple transitions possible.
“Please stay safe and continue to support your local.
"We’re one of so many independent businesses in Sheffield, and we’re all unsure how this will all go or where.”