After much speculation and whispers through the grapevine, the announcement finally came yesterday. Sheffield — and South Yorkshire as a whole — will be moving into Tier 3 at midnight on Friday. From that moment, the city will be on the highest alert level and face further restrictions.
Needless to say, 2020 has been a tough year for local businesses. Back in March, the first series of lockdown restrictions saw shops, bars and restaurants close their doors. Those that survived that initial blow were able to open during the summer and have tried their best to adapt. But, with the latest restrictions looming, there’s certain to be yet more pressure on independents around the city.
With the new rules coming into play this weekend, you may be wondering what that means for the city. First things first, here are the general Tier 3 restrictions:
> No household mixing indoors or outdoors in hospitality venues or private gardens
> Rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces like parks
> Pubs and bars not serving ‘substantial’ meals will close
> Guidance against travelling in and out of the area
All areas on the ‘very high’ alert level will have the above rules imposed on them. All South Yorkshire council areas are subject to further restrictions which include the closing of betting shops, casinos, adult gaming centres, soft play centres and gym classes. Gyms can remain open.
Shopping local and supporting Sheffield businesses is always a priority. However, it has never been more important. After being told that it was safe to reopen in July, many business owners naturally invested in making their venues Covid-secure by getting dividers and adding to their outdoor space. With that in mind, this round of restrictions is a real setback for the businesses affected.
So, what can we all do to help while abiding by the new restrictions? Fortunately enough, there are plenty of ways to support the businesses around us. For example, if you are eating out (with your bubble or household), choosing to go to a indie restaurant rather than a chain is a good place to start. Equally, make someone’s day with a surprise delivery from a local shop or eatery.
Here are some of the ways that you can show your support for local businesses in Sheffield:
> Order a ‘Games Night In Box’ from The Treehouse Cafe
> Get yourself a delivered feast from Lemongrass Thai Street Food
> Treat someone special to a hamper from PJ Taste
> Book a table with your household at Smoke BBQ
> Catch last orders at The Rutland Arms tonight or tomorrow
> Have dessert out with your household at La Creme
> Pick up some chips on the way home from Delphine
> Grab some ales-to-go from Beer Central
> Order Sunday lunch in advance from Spirit of Sheffield
Of course, this list is by no means exhaustive. There are hundreds of businesses in this city and many ways to support them, however you can. Whether you can do a little or a lot, showing that you care during these difficult times is sure to mean the world to people.
While the Tier 3 announcement is a real challenge, not all lockdowns are the same. This time around, we have some freedom we can use, such as being able to go out with our bubble or household. Why not pay a visit (or order from) brilliant local businesses in Sheffield that would love to see you?