Very High Alert Level FAQs

Very High Alert Level FAQs

Following extensive discussions with the Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, local council leaders and Ministers it has been agreed with Government that South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3, the ‘very high’ alert level for coronavirus restrictions.

The restrictions will come into force from 00:01 on Saturday 24 October and cover all four local authority areas

  • Barnsley
  • Doncaster
  • Rotherham
  • Sheffield

The restrictions mean:

  • People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.


  • People 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.


  • All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals.


  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the Very High alert level or entering a Very High alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey.


  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the Very High alert area


  • Additional closures include: all betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.



Frequently Asked Questions

Disclaimer: These FAQs will be updated on a regular basis.

General questions are answered below. You can also find more information on the following pages:

Where are the measures being introduced in our area?

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield


Why are the measures being introduced?

The measures are being introduced to address the significant rise in Coronavirus cases across South Yorkshire and to slow the spread of the virus. Currently more older people are contracting the virus, and the number of people with COVID in our hospitals is increasing.

Action needs to be taken now to slow the spread of the virus, protect lives and livelihoods and to protect our NHS this winter.


How long will South Yorkshire remain in Tier 3?

The measure will be brought in on 00:01 on Saturday 24 October and will be reviewed after 28 days.


Can I meet with people outside of my household?

You cannot meet with anyone outside of your household either indoors or outdoors in private hospitality venues or private gardens.

The only setting in which you are permitted to see people from outside your household or support bubble, in groups of no more than six individuals, is in public outdoor spaces, such as:

  • parks, the countryside or the beach
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • outdoor sports courts and facilities, and playgrounds


Can I go to someone’s house in an area not subject to the restrictions?

You should not visit anyone’s home inside or outside of the restricted area (except for your support bubble).


Can I go to a care home?

You should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. An example would include someone receiving end-of-life care. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

If you are planning to visit relatives in care homes outside the affected areas, then check with the care home prior to travelling to ensure that they are still open to visits from family members.

How can my business receive support while in Tier 3?

The total funding package of £41 million has been secured for South Yorkshire. This includes £30m to support the region’s businesses, and £11m for local authorities to support public health measures such as Test and Trace to stop the spread of the virus.

For further details about how to access this support and eligibility visit the SCR Growth Hub.

Or visit the Government’s business support page.