Message from Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, Barnsley – 23 October 2020

Preparing to enter Tier Three (Very High category) 

Barnsley, along with the three other South Yorkshire Councils will enter in the highest level of Government measures tomorrow (Saturday 24 October) – Tier Three.

These latest measures are necessary to save lives. The latest available seven-day rate of COVID-19 per 100,000 people in Barnsley is 427 and climbing (using data for the seven days ending on 17 October). This rate is calculated using the number of new cases publicly available on the UK Government COVID-19 dashboard.

The rate in England overall is 176 and the Yorkshire and Humber rate is 301. 

Here in Barnsley, as well as across South Yorkshire, cases are spreading across all age groups, with increasing hospitalisations, intensive care admissions and deaths.

There’s no single reason why cases are increasing in Barnsley. We’ve seen lots of household and community transmission right across the borough rather than a single outbreak in one location.

The level of infection here is now at a point where each one of us is at increased risk every time we go out or mix with anyone outside our household.

Make sure you’re following the new additional measure as well as the basics:

  • Don’t be a contact – follow social distancing guidance at home, work and when you’re out and about
  • Wear a face covering and wear it correctly - it must cover your mouth and nose.
  • 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.

Please make yourself familiar with the detailed guidance available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high

The more everyone follows the rules, the sooner we will be able to come out of Tier 3.

 

Half Term in Tier Three

Childcare

The following people can provide childcare support in private homes and gardens:

  • registered childcare providers
  • people in your support bubble
  • people in your childcare bubble

A childcare bubble is where someone in one household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must always be between the same two households.

Friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare. Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purposes of different households mixing where they are otherwise not allowed to do so.

Activities

You must not socialise with anybody you do not live with – this includes letting children have play dates or parties in your houses or gardens. Groups of up to six individuals (including children) can meet in public outdoor places such as parks.

Can you take the kids on a day out?

Although many visitor attractions are still open, people are advised not to travel into or out of a Tier Three area with local restrictions in place, so that means some attractions are only accessible by local residents. You are best contacting the venue directly for advice. When visiting anywhere you must wear a mask when required and abide by social distancing measures.

Are you allowed to go on holiday?

The government is advising people not to travel into or out of a Tier Three area.

You should not stay overnight in another part of the UK.

Halloween

Across South Yorkshire, families are being advised against trick or treating as it risks unnecessarily spreading COVID-19 between households.

Here are some ideas that you might like to do instead:

  • keep children entertained by holding a Halloween themed party within your household and making some decorations together
  • have a movie night with the people you live with
  • carve or decorate some pumpkins
  • host a virtual costume contest with other households
  • bake some Halloween-inspired treats

Frequently asked questions

As well as the government guidance, we will be providing answers to a number of frequently asked question on the COVID-19 section of our website. These are being added today at https://www.barnsley.gov.uk/alerts/covid-19-coronavirus-information/ 

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