The 20 reasons people in Sheffield can mix indoors under Tier 2 lockdown laws

The new restrictions come into place today across the nation in a bid to reduce the transmission rates of Covid-19 – These are the exceptions where people from different households can gather.

By Kian Rains
Thursday, 15th October 2020, 7:32 am
Updated Thursday, 15th October 2020, 11:58 am

From today, Wednesday, October 14 Sheffield is under tier 2 lockdown, meaning extra measures have come into place in addition to the ones previously set out by the Government.

This means there is a ban on mixing between different households, but the rule of six still applies in outdoor areas such as gardens.

Pubs and restaurants are allowed to remain open but must close at 10 pm in accordance with the curfew.

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A government health warning is displayed in Sheffield, after a range of new restrictions to combat the rise in coronavirus cases came into place in England.

The new restrictions for Sheffield have been introduced by the Government in a move to further prevent the spread of the virus across the city.

Sheffield has seen a rapid increase in cases over the last few weeks and now has a case rate of around 400 per 100,000, meaning a tier 2 lockdown was the necessary course of action to tackle infection rates.

These lockdown measures will be reviewed every four weeks and could become stricter if it’s decided that they are not working.

What are the exceptions?

These are all the reasons you can mix indoors with people from different households:

If in a legally permitted support bubble,

If in a legally permitted childcare bubble,

For work, volunteering to provide voluntary or charitable services,

For registered childcare, education or training,

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

To attend a birth at the mother’s request,

To see someone who is dying,

To provide emergency assistance, and to avoid injury or illness, or to escape the risk of harm,

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

To provide care or assistance to someone who is vulnerable,

To facilitate a house move,

For a wedding or equivalent ceremony and wedding receptions where the organiser has carried out a risk assessment and taken all reasonable measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus – up to a maximum of 15 people, but they must not take place in private dwellings,

For funerals but only up to a maximum of 30 people. Wakes and other commemorative events are permitted with up to 15 people present, however, they must not take place in private dwellings,

For elite sportspeople and their coaches if necessary for competition and training, as well as parents or guardians if they are a child,

For outdoor exercise and dance classes, organised outdoor sport, and licensed outdoor physical activity,

If doing indoor organised team sports for disabled people, and youth sport,

If in a support groups of up to 15 participants – formally organised groups to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support, but not in private dwellings,

For protests – if organised in compliance with COVID-secure guidance.

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