Following the introduction of Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions this weekend Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, said:
“We have had to strike a very careful balance between the health of our people, of our economy and of our NHS this winter. There was an urgent and compelling need to take action – we simply didn’t have the luxury of delay. But we are working around the clock to minimise the impact on our businesses and our economy.
“The brutal reality driving our decisions is the sheer number of cases in South Yorkshire. While there have been signs of a levelling off in Sheffield, numbers continue to rise in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, and we’re seeing transmission from younger to older people. Hospitalisations are increasing at an alarming rate, and faster than in other regions.
“I don’t want the residents and businesses of South Yorkshire to endure Tier 3 restrictions for a moment longer than is absolutely necessary. The way to come out of them at the earliest opportunity is to have fewer positive cases and a drop in the number of people in hospital with Covid.
“Efforts are being stepped up to get the virus under control by increasing our testing and tracing capacity locally, so those who have symptoms can get tested, and so we can trace the contact of anyone who has the virus. I’m in daily contact with our Council leaders, Ministers, the NHS and public health about the situation in South Yorkshire and ensuring we are doing everything possible to turn the tide.
“Meanwhile, we are working at pace to get the £30m support package to businesses who need it. I’m acutely aware of the economic hardship the restrictions are causing.
“But it’s only by doing the right thing that we can come out of Tier 3. We need people across South Yorkshire to follow the guidance not just for themselves, but for family, friends, neighbours and community. Our route through this is by sticking together and working together.”
Notes to Editors
Barnsley – 525 cases per 100,000
Doncaster – 479 cases per 100,000
Rotherham – 467 cases per 100,000
Sheffield – 446 cases per 100,000