The highly anticipated announcement of the three tier system across England has been confirmed in a statement made today by Boris Johnson.
Though there has been debate around which tier would include Sheffield, which has the seventh highest infection rate in England, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, has confirmed that Sheffield will be in Tier Two rated ‘high’. This is triggered when cases cannot be contained through standard measures and will be assessed based on incidence and test positivity, including amongst older and more at-risk age groups, as well as the growth rate, hospital admissions and other factors.
This means that Sheffield residents cannot meet indoors with anyone outside of their household or support bubble. This applies to both private and public spaces including bars and restaurants. When meeting outdoors the standard ‘Rule of Six’ applies. Those in Tier Two areas are also asked to reduce their use of public transport and avoid busy times and routes where possible. These restrictions will come into force on Wednesday and will be reviewed every four weeks.
The standard Tier One restrictions will also apply to Tier Two and Three areas. This means that in Sheffield, Covid-Secure businesses can continue to operate other than those which remain closed such as nightclubs. Food and drink venues must continue to operate under the 10pm-5amcurfew. Unless you have an exception, face coverings must be worn throughout public indoor settings except when seated at a table to eat or drink and on public transport including taxis. If you have symptoms or receive a positive test result you must completely isolate for ten days, other than to get tested. If you live with someone with symptoms or have been identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive you must isolate for fourteen days.
Nightingale Hospitals across the North, including Nightingale Harrogate, have been told to mobilise due the significant rise in infections and hospitalisations. There are now more people in hospital with Covid than in March when the national lockdown was announced . This is anticipated to increase in the coming weeks despite new measures.
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