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COVID-19 Update  

29th Nov 2020

From 00:01 GMT on Wednesday 2nd December 2020 Sheffield will be under covid-19 restrictions in the tier three (very high alert) category for England. A national lockdown is currently in force for all of England.

Tier 3:  Meeting Friends and Family after National Lockdown 2

  • from 2nd December you will no longer be required to stay at home whenever possible
  • you must not mix - indoors or in a private garden or at most outdoor venues - with anybody you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble
  • you can socialise in groups of up to six people in some outdoor public spaces
    • g. parks, beaches and public gardens
  • support bubbles can be formed between one household and another which contains only one adult
    • with some exceptions
  • you can also form a support bubble with another household if you:
    • have a child under one; or
    • a child under five with a disability that needs continuous care

Meeting Friends and Family Currently (National Lockdown 2 rules apply until Wednesday 2nd December)

  • you should stay at home except for specific reasons including education, work (if it cannot be done from home), exercise, medical needs, food and other essential shopping and to provide care
  • you can meet one other person at a time from another household, in an outdoors public place
    • g. a park, a street, countryside, an allotment or a children's playground)
  • children under five and disabled people needing round-the-clock care, are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside
  • children can continue to move between homes if their parents are separated
  • support groups of 15 people or fewer are allowed in certain circumstances
    • g. for new parents or for the purpose of addiction recovery

Tier 3: Going to work after National Lockdown 2

  • you should work at home if at all possible
  • if you have to return to your workplace, your employer must make arrangements for you to work safely
  • advice does not change after 2 December and the end of the national lockdown

Tier 3: Schools and Nurseries after National Lockdown 2

  • primary and secondary schools are open, as are nurseries and childcare
    • local health protection teams will advise if a school has coronavirus cases
  • pupils/staff in secondary schools (Y7+) must wear face masks in communal areas outside classrooms
  • universities remain open but students are asked to return home for the holidays in a travel window between 3rd and 9th December 2020 and complete the term online from there

Tier 3: Leisure Time after National Lockdown 2

  • though the national lockdown 2 ends on 2nd December, several rules will remain in force in your area:
    • pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes for takeaway only (closed otherwise)
    • drive-through and delivery services
    • entertainment venues will remain closed, including theatres, cinemas, museums and galleries
    • organised activities for elite athletes, the under-18s and disabled people will continue
    • spectators will not be allowed at sports events and live performances
    • leisure facilities such as gyms and swimming pools can reopen but:
      • groups exercise classes cannot be held there; and
      • saunas and steam rooms must stay closed
    • exercise classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but:
      • ‘higher-risk’ contact activity should be avoided
    • hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites will remain closed except in certain circumstances:
      • where they are someone's main residence
      • where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
    • there is no time limit for exercise outdoors or sitting on a park bench or eating/drinking outside

Tier 3: Shopping after National Lockdown 2

  • from 2nd December all retail outlets can reopen

Shopping Currently (National Lockdown 2 rules apply until Wednesday 2nd December)

  • all non-essential shops are closed, including:
    • clothing and homeware stores
    • vehicle showrooms
    • betting shops
    • market stalls selling non-essential goods
  • ‘click-and-collect’ services are allowed
  • Shops selling essential are open, including:
    • food shops/supermarkets/off-licences
    • pharmacies
    • cycle shops
    • hardware stores/garden centres
    • banks/post offices
    • pet shops

 Tier 3: Other Aspects after National Lockdown 2

  • from 2nd December, places of worship will be open for communal services, but:
  • people should not mix with anyone from outside their household or support bubble
  • weddings/civil partnerships can resume with up to 15 guests, but:
  • wedding receptions are still not allowed
  • do not outside your area if possible

Other Aspects Currently (National Lockdown 2 rules apply until Wednesday 2nd December)

  • you are allowed to stay overnight away from your home with someone who is in your support bubble or childcare bubble
  • you are not allowed to stay overnight away from your home in other circumstances, for example:
  • on holiday
  • in a second home or caravan
  • with anyone outside your household or support bubbles
  • you can move home, but:
  • people outside your household/support bubbles cannot help unless absolutely necessary
  • you can leave home:
  • to visit someone who is giving birth or dying/to visit someone in a hospice or hospital
  • to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm (such as domestic abuse)
  • to go with someone to a medical appointment, or
  • to go to the vets or other animal welfare services
  • it is possible to visit friends and family in care homes as long as Covid-secure measures are in place
  • weddings/civil partnership ceremonies cannot take place except where one of the parties is seriously ill and not expected to recover
  • limited to six people
  • funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people
  • linked ceremonial events can continue with up to 15 people
  • apart from funerals, places of worship will only be open to allow individual prayer or services to be broadcast to the congregation


Class Bubble Closures

Unfortunately we have had to close three class bubbles so that pupils and some staff can isolate in line with public health regulations designed to keep us all safe by limiting the spread of the coronavirus. The Public Health team in Sheffield advised us that:

  • isolation ends for Y1 and Y4 at midnight on Thursday 3rd December 2020 (meaning that pupils will return to school on Friday 4th December 2020)
  • isolation ends for Y5 at midnight on Friday 4th December 2020 (meaning that pupils will be able to leave their house over the weekend and return to school Monday 7th December 2020)