How long Tier 3 lockdown will last in Sheffield after December 2 and when it will start

Today (November 26) Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced which tiers each local authority would fall into in the Government’s new system of Covid-19 restrictions set to follow lockdown.

By Lloyd Bent
Thursday, 26th November 2020, 11:54 am

With the national lockdown due to be eased, the new set of restrictions will come into play from 12.01am on Tuesday, December 2.

Last week the Government announced its ‘winter plan’, which it said would involve a tiered system like the one before the second lockdown, however confirmed that the restrictions would be tighter this time.

Today the Government that Sheffield would be placed into Tier 3: very high alert.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (COVID-19).

In Tier 3, 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 also must not socialise in a group of more than 6 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.

Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed apart from to serve takeaway and collections. All accommodation and indoor entertainment venues must close.

Sports venues can stay open but indoor group classes cannot continue. People are advised not to travel outside of their local area.

Sheffield city centre

The tiers will be reviewed for the first time on December 16, meaning there is potential for areas to change tier before Christmas.

This will be done according to how successful the areas have been in slowing the spread of Covid-19.

At the moment the infection rate in Sheffield stands at 231.3 per 100,000 of the population in the week to November 21, which means 1353 new cases.

This is down from an infection of 297.0 the week before, reflecting 1737 new cases. Sheffield’s infection rate has been falling steadily in recent weeks.

Over Christmas, the Government announced that up to three households – which also includes bubbles – can meet between December 23 and 27.

The households or bubbles can meet in private homes, outdoor public places or places of worship.

Any meeting with people outside of the three-household ‘Christmas bubble’ must be done in accordance with the new tier restrictions.