Rother Valley MP, Alexander Stafford has announced where South Yorkshire is set to be placed within the Government’s new three-tier system for Covid lockdown and restrictions in geographic areas.
Rotherham is set to be named in the middle tier with new restrictions due to begin on Wednesday.
The borough was recently named as “an area of concern” and back on the Government’s COVID watchlist with Covid-19 infection rates continuing to rise alarmingly.
The MP also updated constituents on the new restrictions:
• Different households mixing indoors is NOT allowed. This includes in homes and hospitality venues.
• Households CAN mix outdoors but subject to the rule of six and social distancing.
• An exemption exists for paid childcare, which applies to children under 14.
• You must minimise travel, but you can travel for education, work and go on holiday.
• Travel from Doncaster Airport is not banned, and travel to places elsewhere in the UK is allowed so long as local restrictions in those places are obeyed. At the moment you can still go on holidays as per guidance.
• You can leave the county and local authority area but you cannot travel to a neighbouring county e.g. Derbyshire in order to mix households there. That is not allowed.
• The hospitality sector will remain open.
• There will be increased financial support and increased support for test and trace in our area.
The Government has not ruled out moving South Yorkshire into Tier 3 if the situation does not improve.
Stafford said: “In order to exit level 2, we will need to flatten the curve and then see case rates fall. The Government is looking at various factors, including number of cases per 100,000 people, the percentage of positive tests, and the number of people over 60 who have tested positive.”
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