New three-tier Covid restrictions

The new rules apply from Wednesday 14 October and the Sheffield City Region Mayor has confirmed South Yorkshire will be put into tier 2. This means that you cannot mix with other households indoors whilst the existing rule of six applies outdoors, with pubs able to remain open with the indoor restriction added to the existing rules.

So if you go to the pub in a tier 2 area, you can only sit indoors with someone you live with, or who is in your support bubble. You can still sit at a table in the beer garden or a pavement cafe style area with friends up to a maximum group size of 6. Other rules such as signing in with test & trace, table service, wearing a face covering when not seated and closing by 10pm still apply too.

For the Derbyshire part of Sheffield & District CAMRA’s branch area, Derbyshire Dales is tier 1 (existing restrictions unchanged) and High Peak is tier 2 like South Yorkshire. North East Derbyshire was initially tier 1 but moves up to tier 2 from Saturday 17th October.

The only area of England in tier 3, the most restricted, at present is the Liverpool City Region, where pubs can only open to serve diners and you cannot mix with other households indoors or outdoors. 

Pubs continue to put money and work into providing a clean and safe environment in line with government Covid-secure regulations so please continue to support them where you can and if you would rather drink and eat at home, don’t forget many pubs do offer take away sales too.

Although pubs haven’t been closed, all the restrictions are having a damaging effect on trade as well as increasing costs – putting them in danger of going out of business and closing. We are of course supportive of making sure pubs are clean, safe and covid-secure but call on the government to ensure financial support is in place to keep it is sustainable. See the Save Our Pubs campaign to call or email your MP on the matter.

Read about the new restrictions on the government website.

Read our guide to the new Covid-secure pub-going.

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Andy Cullen

About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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