South Yorkshire gets tougher restrictions as 1.8 million people head for Tier 3.
Mayor Dan Jarvis has announced that 1.8 million people in the Sheffield City Region will now face living under England’s toughest coronavirus restrictions. The move to Tier 3 will affect Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield and happen from 12:01 am on Saturday. He said local leaders had secured £41m of funding from the government “to support our people and businesses” hit by the change.
He added that “while infection rates vary” across South Yorkshire, “collective action was the only practical choice to keep everyone in our region safe”. And Mr Jarvis said that “the number of people with COVID in our hospitals has doubled over the last ten days, with no signs this will relent over the coming weeks” so “inaction was not an option”.
He went on to say, quote: “Individual councils will be able to move to lower alert levels and have restrictions eased as soon as it is safe to do so.” Boris Johnson had announced earlier today that he would be making a decision on the move to Tier for South Yorkshire.
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