Everything you can and can't do in Sheffield under new Tier 3 rules from December 2

Sheffield will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions once the national lockdown ends, it has been confirmed.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 12:06 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2020, 2:28 pm

Sheffield has been named as a ‘very high alert’ area for coronavirus, with new tougher rules than under the previous tier system which will come into force from 12.01am next Wednesday, December 2.

There were hopes that it might be placed in Tier 2, with Covid-19 infection rates having fallen significantly during lockdown.

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The new tiered lockdown system is tougher than before

Unlike under the previous Tier 3, which Sheffield found itself in before the four-week national lockdown, all pubs and restaurants must remain closed – not just those which don’t serve a ‘substantial meal’.

Cinemas, bingo halls and soft play areas must stay shut too and people are advised to avoid travelling to other parts of the UK other than for work, education and a handful of other reasons.

But non-essential shops can reopen, along with gyms, hairdressers, places of worship and some other venues.

People from different households cannot mix indoors or in private gardens but they can still get together outdoors in groups of up to six.

Here are the rules in full:

You must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues

You must not socialise in a group of more than six in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of six’

Hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed – they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services

Accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close. There are several exemptions, such as for those who use these venues as their main residence, and those requiring the venues where it is reasonably necessary for work or education and training

Indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close, including all indoor play centres and areas, such as trampoline parks and soft play; casinos; bingo halls; bowling alleys; skating rinks; amusement arcades and adult gaming centres; laser quests and escape rooms; cinemas, theatres and concert halls; snooker halls

Indoor attractions at mostly outdoor entertainment venues must also close (indoor shops, through-ways and public toilets at such attractions can remain open). This includes indoor attractions within: zoos, safari parks, and wildlife reserves; aquariums, visitor attractions at farms, and other animal attractions; model villages; museums, galleries and sculpture parks; botanical gardens, biomes or greenhouses; theme parks, circuses, fairgrounds and funfairs; visitor attractions at film studios, heritage sites such as castles and stately homes; landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close

There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators

Large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events

Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies

Weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies but wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events

Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue. However, higher-risk contact activity should not take place

Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s

You can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

You should avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey

For international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

There are exemptions from the limits on gatherings which apply in all tiers:

As part of a single household, or a support bubble

For work or providing voluntary or charitable services, including in other people’s homes

For childcare, education or training – meaning education and training provided as part of a formal curriculum

For supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care (before and after-school childcare), groups and activities for under 18s, and children’s playgroups

For formal support groups, and parent and child groups – up to 15 people aged 5 and older

To allow contact between birth parents and children in care, as well as between siblings in care

For arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents or guardians

For prospective adopting parents to meet a child or children who may be placed with them

For birth partners

to attend a funeral – with no more than 30 people present – or a commemorative event such as a wake for someone who has died – with no more than 15 people present

to see someone who is terminally ill or at the end of life

to attend a wedding or civil partnership – with no more than 15 people present

to provide emergency assistance

to avoid injury or illness, or to escape a risk of harm

to fulfil a legal obligation, such as attending court or jury service

to provide care or assistance to someone vulnerable or to provide respite for a carer

to facilitate moving home

Everyone who can work from home is being asked to continue doing so.

The following businesses and venues can remain open in all tiers:

essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales

certain leisure and sporting facilities such as gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at tier 3

personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons

public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. They should not host events for private hire, such as birthday parties or most other social activities in tier 3

allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks

essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites

places of worship – communal worship can now resume, subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier