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With South Yorkshire set to move into tier three - very high alert - coronavirus restrictions at the weekend, this is what we know now:
- Restrictions in South Yorkshire will be in place from 00:01 on Saturday
- Households will not be allowed to mix either indoors at home or in private gardens
- Households can meet outdoors in public if they're not in a group of more than six
- Pubs and bars will have to close unless they are serving "substantial" meals.
- People will be advised against travelling in or out of the area
- Move comes with £41m "local lockdown lifeline" economic package
- Health Secretary says he "understands sacrifice" already made in South Yorkshire
- People who "wilfully flout law" will be fined, region's Police Commissioner says
- The restrictions will be reviewed again within 28 days
Parts of the world’s tallest freestanding clock tower are going to be taken away and cleaned this week.Copyright: University of Birmingham
Old Joe, which has stood at the heart of the University of Birmingham since 1905, is being serviced this week, the university said.
Once the parts have been refurbished they will be refitted in the coming months.
Political Editor, BBC Look North
We all knew it was coming, but I was still surprised when the announcement leapt into my inbox at 09:02 this morning.Copyright: Danny Lawson/PA Media
Over a million people in South Yorkshire are to go into tier three of the coronavirus alert system on Saturday. It was at that point the phone started ringing. It hasn’t stopped yet...
Agreed - or imposed? It depends on who you talk to. It has been signed off by South Yorkshire, but it doesn’t mean all the leaders here are happy about how it happened.
Chris Read, the Rotherham Council leader, is more angry than I’ve ever seen him. He says it wasn’t a negotiation at all - just the government telling South Yorkshire what it was prepared to offer. His point is: if that was the case why not do it a week earlier?Copyright: Danny Lawson/PA Media
Miriam Cates, the Conservative Penistone and Stocksbridge MP, says it’s a fair deal and heaped praise on Labour Mayor Dan Jarvis. It was similar to the way the government gave the Liverpool City Region mayor plaudits for agreeing a deal there.
We’re all digesting how it will affect us day-to-day. There will be people trying to work out how to run their businesses, provide childcare and take care of their mental health.
Whichever way you see it - agreed or imposed - we’re there now. A review is coming in 28 days but there is no magic number for when an area goes in or out of tier three.
People in South Yorkshire will be asked to bear the toughest restrictions, without knowing when they’ll end.
The Mayor of London is “not willing to accept” extending the capital’s congestion change, “regressive” council tax hikes and fare rises above inflation.