Last updated Saturday 24 October 2020 4:57pm

Sheffield is now in 'very high' Tier 3 restrictions, along with the rest of South Yorkshire.

Key points - 'very high' restrictions

  • don't meet with people outside your household or support bubble indoors (including private homes), in private gardens or most outdoor venues. You should not meet in places such as pubs, restaurants, leisure or entertainment venues
  • you can meet friends and family outside your household or bubble in groups of 6 or less in outdoor public spaces such as parks, beaches, countryside, and public gardens
  • you should work from home if you can
  • university students must not return to their permanent homes during term-time
  • don’t visit friends or family in care homes unless there are exceptional circumstances


  • all pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals (main lunchtime or evening meal) and will only be able to serve alcohol as part of a meal
  • betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres must close
  • businesses selling food or drink to be consumed on their premises must close between 10pm and 5am
  • businesses selling food to take-away can stay open after 10pm. Food must be sold using a delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through and orders must be taken over the phone or online. Customers are not allowed to order or wait inside the premises
  • businesses serving food on transport services or motorway service stations do not need to close at 10pm, but can't serve alcohol after that time


  • if children do not live in the same household as their parents or one of their parents, existing arrangements for contact between them will remain in place
  • friends and family can provide informal childcare for children under 14. This must be part of a regular childcare arrangement and does not include meeting for social occasions like playdates, birthday parties etc
  • registered childcare providers and nannies can provide childcare in private homes and gardens

Places of worship and ceremonies

  • you can attend places of worship, but you can’t mix with anyone outside your household or bubble
  • there are limits to attendance at funerals, weddings and other ceremonies – see Our affected services page

Sport and leisure

  • gym classes are not permitted (but gyms will remain open)
  • you can take part in sport and physical activity outdoors in line with government guidelines
  • indoor exercise classes are permitted if it is possible to avoid mixing with people you don’t live with or share a support bubble with. There are exceptions to enable disability and youth sport and physical activity indoors

Travel restrictions

  • don’t travel if you have coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating, sharing a household or support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or you have been told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace
  • avoid travelling outside South Yorkshire or entering another 'very high' restrictions area unless you need to for work, education or caring responsibilities
  • you can travel through 'very high' areas as part of a longer journey
  • avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK
  • you should not have people staying with you who are not in your household or bubble
  • you may travel to hotels and other guest accommodation within South Yorkshire but you should only do this with people in your household or support bubble

Our advice

  • travel to venues or amenities that are open for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make
  • only use public transport if you have to. If you do use it you have to wear a face covering
  • don’t share a car with other households unless they are in your bubble

More information

A three-tier scheme of restrictions has been introduced for the whole of England. Full information on what this means can be found on the government’s website.

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