National lockdown – Sheffield City Council statement

On Monday January 4, the government announced a new national lockdown to combat the rising number of Covid cases across the UK.

The new rules, which come into effect in the early hours of Wednesday morning 6th January until at least mid- February, will mean that people in England will have to stay at home and only go out for essential reasons such as shopping, exercise or medical appointments.

As in the first national lockdown, those who are clinically extremely vulnerable are advised to shield and limit the time they spend outside of the home.

Primary and secondary schools and colleges will provide online learning for all pupils apart from vulnerable children and the children of key workers. Nurseries and other early years settings will remain open for all children.

No household mixing will be allowed indoors or outdoors.  Households comprise all those who live with you in your home as well as any support or childcare bubble that you have formed.

Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed as well as pubs and restaurants. Takeaway food services will still be permitted, but alcohol will not be permitted to be served as takeaway from restaurants and pubs.

Essential businesses and services can stay open including, supermarkets and food shops, pharmacies and garden centres, places of worship, petrol stations and MOT services, launderettes, banks and post offices, doctors, dentists’ surgeries and vets, car parks, public toilets and playgrounds.

We’re encouraging and supporting care homes in Sheffield to continue to provide safe visiting opportunities during the national lockdown. More information is available at Covid-19 – visiting a care home

Greg Fell, Director of Public Health for Sheffield said: “ The message is clear – we must stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives. This is a tough place for us all to be in because we’ve all done so much, but more than ever it’s so important to follow the rules. Remember hands, face, space and please follow the guidance by washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, wearing a face covering and staying 2 metres apart from people who you do not live with. If you develop symptoms, make sure you get tested. All of this is now more important than ever. The current level of transmission and infection is just too high and sowe must act to beat this virus and protect our loved ones.

“Each and every one of us has to do the right thing to help the NHS cope with this never seen before pressure. The only other thing I want to add is ‘thank you’ for doing what you have done until now and for continuing to fight for the safety of all of those around you. Please keep going.”

Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “The people of Sheffield have sacrificed so much this year due to the impact of Covid and I’m sure many people were hoping for better news going into 2021. As we now enter a third lockdown, I want to thank everyone for their huge efforts so far, but plead with everyone to continue to follow the guidance. I believe there is light at the end of the tunnel, with the news of the vaccine there is hope, and hope carries a lot of weight amongst us and within our communities.

“My thoughts are with those that have lost someone, to people who are missing their families and friends, businesses in Sheffield who continue to adapt to the changing guidance and all the key workers who continue to deliver critical services across the city –thank you for your huge efforts.

“I know we are all incredibly frustrated and tired, however, it is so important to continue to follow the restrictions, to beat the virus, reduce hospital admissions and prevent more deaths.”

Our Coronavirus Community Support Helpline number is 0114 2734567 and is open seven days a week between 8.45am and 4.45pm for members of the public to find out more about the help and support that it available to them during this lockdown period. There is more information too at

https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/your-city-council/coronavirus-hub/support-for-people about the support that’s available.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people can register with the National Shielding Service https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-shielding-support  which gives them priority online shopping at supermarkets and also identifies people who need support during Covid. People who already have priority access to supermarket deliveries will continue to have this access.

The full national lockdown guidance is at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home