Message from Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council, on new national restrictions

Following the Prime Minister's announcement, Barnsley, along with the rest of England, will enter new national restrictions tomorrow. 

I know that it feels that the restrictions on our borough, and wider South Yorkshire areas, are constantly changing; this is frustrating and confusing for us all.  

It’s important that we all follow the new national restrictions to give us the best chance of reducing the rate of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Barnsley and make the disruption that they’re going to cause worthwhile.  

The restrictions include: 

  • Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  • Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  • Closing certain businesses and venues.

You can read the Government's guidance on the new restrictions here. 

Support for people and businesses 

I don't underestimate the impact this will have on you, your family, friends, businesses and our organisation. We’re continuing to follow our action plan, doing all we can to support our residents: 

Support for businesses  

We'll be doing all we can, working with partners, to support you, our communities and local businesses. There’s a range of information and support available for residents at www.barnsley.gov.uk/covid19. 

Support for vulnerable people  

  • If you are over 60 or are clinically vulnerable, there is advice on the Government website.
  • The government will be writing to those people who are clinically extremely vulnerable to provide further detailed advice.

What this means for council services 

Some of our services will have to change the way they work during the new national restrictions. We will provide details of any affected services at www.barnsley.gov.uk/covid19 

Remember the basics… 

I want to thank you all for your efforts so far, and I appreciate it has been challenging, but we need to pull together and double our efforts to get us through this pandemic. 

Please follow the Government's guidance; it will give our borough the best chance of limiting the impact of the virus and help to protect lives. 

We all need to do the right thing. Make sure you’re following the new restrictions as well as the basics: 

  • Don’t be a contact – follow social distancing guidance.
  • Wear a face covering and wear it correctly.
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Only travel if it is essential or for work.
  • If you have symptoms such as a new continuous cough, a fever or loss of taste or smell isolate straight away and book a test.
  • Isolate immediately if you are told to do so.

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