PICS: Here's what Sheffield city centre looks like on first day of third national lockdown

Sheffield was pictured looking much quieter than normal today as the city marks its third national lockdown in the ongoing battle against coronavirus.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 3:45 pm
Sheffield along with the rest of the country was plunged into a third national lockdown following a televised address by Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday. The streets were pictured quieter than normal today, but not empty.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the new measures last night (Monday, January 4), saying they were needed to curb the rapid spread of Covid-19 and bring the new more transmissible variant under control.

Under Tier 3 measures, shops deemed ‘non-essential’ were allowed to remain open in Sheffield but have been forced to close under the latest rules.

While the city centre was quieter today, it certainly wasn’t empty- with plenty of shoppers pictured picking up essential items such as groceries and medicine as well as people heading out for their daily exercise.

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Shopping for 'essential' items is one of the 'reasonable excuses' open to Sheffielders when leaving their homes. The government has reinforced the 'stay at home' message we saw back in March after Covid-19 rates spiralled out of control.

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Under the previous Tier 3 restrictions, shops deemed non-essential were allowed to remain open in the city but have now been forced to close under the national lockdown.
Public transport is still running for residents needing to make essential journeys, such as the commute to work. As ever masks must be worn on buses, trams and all other public transport.
Despite the fact the city centre isn't as quiet as we saw in the first lockdown, it's still eerie to see most shops closed during what should be a bustling weekday.
As part of the third national lockdown primary schools, secondary schools and colleges must move to remote learning from today, though nurseries and other early years settings will remain open.
Mr Johnson did not reveal when the restrictions are expected to ease but he did say that ‘if things go well and with a fair wind in our sails’ the NHS expects to have offered the first vaccine dose to everyone in the top four priority groups by mid-February.