How long Tier 3 lockdown will last in Sheffield and when new laws will next be reviewed

Tier 3 restrictions affecting 1.4 million people in South Yorkshire “will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary,” according to a Government minister.

Wednesday, 21st October 2020, 11:41 am

Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, made the announcement after it was confirmed strict new controls on daily life will come into force in South Yorkshire from midnight on Friday to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Tweeting about the news, he said: “The restrictions agreed together will only be in place for as long as they are absolutely necessary.

"They will be reviewed jointly in 28 days time. The Govt will be working with local leaders as we tackle this challenge, for the benefit of all the people of S [sic] Yorkshire.”

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The Tier 3 restrictions will be reviewed after 28 days.

Based on Mr Jenrick’s comments, the restrictions would be reviewed on 18 November, or 21 November if the 28-day period starts from Saturday (24 October.

On Tuesday, Sheffield’s director of Public Health Greg Fell said restrictions will “probably need two to three weeks to take effect.”

Conservative MP for Rother Valley, Alexander Stafford, said: “I want to assure all my constituents here in Rother Valley that these restrictions will not be open-ended.

"There will be a review in 28 days, by which time I hope cases have reduced and we are able to loosen restrictions.”

Although the infection rate has fallen in Sheffield – leading some to question why tougher restrictions are needed – Mr Fell said the city’s infection rate is “still too high”.