An announcement has just been made by the government that Doncaster will move into Tier 3, the highest level for Coronavirus restrictions, from 1 minute past midnight this Friday night / Saturday morning on 24 October 2020. Doncaster will move into this category with the South Yorkshire Sheffield City Region, which includes our neighbouring areas of Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield and Bassetlaw and has a population of approximately 1.4 million people.
Coronavirus infection rates have been increasing in our area, and this is why we have been moved into the highest risk category. By following the rules and guidance, we can help to keep each other safe. The advice regarding safe distancing, washing hands regularly and wearing a mask remain in place and are even more important as we move into Tier 3.
Please remember to wear a face mask, keep a safe distance from others (2 metres) and wash your hands regularly with soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
A statement from Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones is available here
You can read the Tier 3 rules and guidance here
- you must not socialise with anybody you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
- pubs and bars must close; they can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, and they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
- schools and universities remain open
- places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed
- exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport
- you should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
- you should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere
You should continue to:
- follow social distancing rules
- work from home where you can effectively do so
- travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make
This is the baseline in very high alert level areas. Further details will be added to our website as soon as they become available. Please continue to follow this advice and stay safe. Let’s do it for Doncaster.