The Government has imposed Tier 3 restrictions on communities across South Yorkshire and will follow Greater Manchester, Liverpool and Lancashire by moving into the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.

From midnight on Friday, the pubs, bars and hospitality venues in the region, which includes Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, will have to close.

The shutdown is expected to have a devastating effect on pubs in the area, which have been following Government guidelines on coronavirus.

CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer said: “This is despite the fact that publicans have done everything asked of them to make their venues Covid-secure. and have been operating at reduced trade for months whilst trying to recover from both the first lockdown and months of reduced consumer confidence as a result of restrictions like the curfew.

“It feels like pubs are being made a scapegoat for the pandemic.

“Even if pubs serving food can stay open, the restrictions will see an even bigger reduction in footfall and trade, making businesses unviable. The Government urgently needs to increase the financial support available to all pubs to help them pay staff wages, meet fixed costs and to make up for lost business.

“We also need a long-term support package for the beer and pubs industry covering not just the period of the Tier 3 restrictions, but also the weeks and months that follow as pubs and breweries try to get back on their feet.

“This is a real sink or swim moment for local pubs and the breweries that serve them – without proper support, we risk hundreds of businesses not surviving beyond Christmas.”

According to media reports Nottingham and parts of the North East could soon enter Tier 3 as infection rates remain high.

Covid tiers: – What are the differences between each alert level?

Medium (Tier 1) – Rule of six applies indoors and outdoors. Pubs and restaurants close at 10pm.

High (Tier 2) – Households must not mix indoors in any setting including pubs and restaurants. Rule of six applies outdoors.

Very high (Tier 3) – Households must not mix indoors, or in private gardens. Rule of six applies in outdoor spaces including parks. Pubs and bars which don’t serve meals will be closed.

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