South Yorkshire will get second tier review date before Christmas

In a call today MPs announced that the tier restrictions for each area in the UK would be reviewed again before Christmas, just a week after the first review on December 16.

Monday, 14th December 2020, 3:45 pm

This means that even if areas are not moved down into lower tiers in the December 16 review, they may still have a chance to be moved down a week later on December 23.

That is a week earlier than previously promised by the Government, which initially committed to a review every 14 days.

In today’s call with MPs (December 14) Health Secretary Matt Hancock also confirmed that the whole London area would be moved into Tier 3 lockdown restrictions as cases of COVID-19 in the capital surge ahead of Christmas.

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Alderson Road Walk-in COVID 19 test centre in Sheffield

There has been no confirmation of any areas moving down a tier at the moment.

Last week Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis said that it was unlikely that South Yorkshire would be moved down into Tier 2 in the December review period.

He said: “Four of the five key indicators for areas moving out of Tier 3 are still too high in South Yorkshire. Our NHS services remain under massive pressure.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

"Over 600 people are currently in our region’s hospitals with Covid, with more being admitted every single week. It is imperative that we avoid a devastating third wave in January and put more lives put at risk – just at the point that a vaccine is being rolled out. It’s likely, therefore, that the Government will decide to keep South Yorkshire in Tier 3 next week.”