Doncaster and South Yorkshire plunged into Tier 3 lockdown: This is when it will start

Today (November 26) Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced which tiers each local authority would fall into in the Government’s new system of Covid-19 restrictions set to follow lockdown.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 11:33 am

With the national lockdown due to be eased, the new set of restrictions will come into play from 12.01am on Tuesday, December 2.

Last week the Government announced its ‘winter plan’, which it said would involve a tiered system like the one before the second lockdown, however confirmed that the restrictions would be tighter this time.

Today the Government announced that Doncaster would be placed into Tier 3: very high alert.

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Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced the tiers local authorities would be placed into today (Photo by Stefan Rousseau - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

In Tier 3, you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues.

You also must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility.

Hospitality settings, such as bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed apart from to serve takeaway and collections. All accommodation and indoor entertainment venues must close.

Sports venues can stay open but indoor group classes cannot continue. People are advised not to travel outside of their local area.

The tiers will be reviewed for the first time on December 16, meaning there is potential for areas to change tier before Christmas.

This will be done according to how successful the areas have been in slowing the spread of Covid-19.

At the moment the infection rate in Doncaster stands at 244.0 per 100,000 of the population in the week to November 21, which means 761 new cases.

This is down from an infection of 356.9 the week before, reflecting 1113 new cases.

Over Christmas, the Government announced that up to three households – which also includes bubbles – can meet between December 23 and 27.

The households or bubbles can meet in private homes, outdoor public places or places of worship.

Any meeting with people outside of the three-household ‘Christmas bubble’ must be done in accordance with the new tier restrictions.