New coronavirus restrictions come into place

From today, new restrictions have been put in place across South Yorkshire to try to tackle the spread of coronavirus. The rules mean that you should not socialise with people who do not live your household (or support bubble) anywhere indoors. Outdoors, groups should still be limited to the “Rule of Six”.

Rotherham has been identified as an area of high risk (sometimes known as “tier 2”) nationally and it is believed that many people are contracing the virus through this sort of social contact.

You can find more details about the current situation, and what you can and cannot do, on the gov.uk website by clicking here.

If these new rules do not help to bring down the number of infections, it is likely that we will face more restrictions locally.

Yesterday, the Labour Leader Keir Starmer responding to the government’s current approach and called for a two to three week “circuit breaker” – a short national lockdown to bring infection rates back under control. This is one of the policies that has been recommended by the government’s scientific advisers. You can read more about the Labour Leader’s approach here.

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