Coronavirus lockdown rules

From this week, the government has imposed national lockdown rules as the number of people infected with Coronavirus has continued to rise.

The current rules, in place until December 2nd, mean that:

  • Pubs, restaurants, non-essential shops, many leisure facilities, and ‘personal services’ businesses such as hairdressers are required to close
  • You are advised to stay at home as much as possible. Everyone is asked not to socialise with people outside their own households or support bubbles
  • Anyone who can work from home should do so, and reduce their journeys wherever they can

Places of worship are also closed for acts of collective worship, meaning that weddings cannot take place, and there are restrictions affecting funerals.

However, unlike the lockdown earlier this year:

  • Schools and colleges will remain open
  • There are no limits on the time you can take each day for outdoor exercie, and you can exercise with another person so long as you socially distance
  • People who cannot work from home are able to go into work, which means that some businesses and workplaces will continue to operate
  • Public transport will continue to operate
  • Many shops, including pubs, can choose to operate a takeaway only service

You can read the government guidance by clicking here.

With regards to council services, most will continue to operate but with the following exceptions:

  • Leisure centres and swimming pools which must close
  • Some facilities at Rother Valley and Clifton Park, including Clifton Park Museum, are now closed
  • Libraries including Wickersley are operating a call and collect service again
  • Markets will be open for essential retail only
  • Tomorrow’s Remembrance service will take place online – please click here to view this.

This week we saw the possible first evidence in a slowdown in the number of people infected with Coronavirus in Rotherham following the introduction of recent restrictions. However, we still saw more than 1,300 residents testing positive across the borough, which is hundreds more than only a few weeks ago, and puts Rotherham amongst the worst affected places in the country. Of particular concern it seems that the number of older people falling ill is still continuing to rise.

Last week there were more than 130 patients in Rotherham Hospital suffering from Covid-19 – which is nearly twice as many as at the highest point during the first wave. The number of patients has decreased a little since then, but this continues to affect other services.

Sadly the number of people who have died from Coronavirus in Rotherham continues to rise, and now stands at over 380.

We continue to do all that we can as your local team to support people through these difficult times, including supporting the Sunnyside Supplies scheme making sure that everyone can get food. Our Rotherham Heroes scheme has kept running throughout and is being stepped up to support those identified as “clinically extremely vulnerable” – if you are one of those people you will receive a letter through the post from the council. If you need help, please don’t hesitate to contact the team.

We are also working to ensure that local businesses can access financial support to get them through the current time, and more information about this will be posted on the council’s website in the coming days.

As we have throughout, we would urge you to check the council’s Coronavirus information regularly, and to sign up for the email newsletters at: www.rotherham.gov.uk/coronavirus.

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