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Advice for businesses as city enters ‘Very High’ Covid-19 restrictions

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Sheffield will enter Tier  3 restrictions, the ‘very high’ alert level for coronavirus restrictions, along with the rest of South Yorkshire, from 00:01 on Saturday 24 October.

This will mean that businesses in the following sectors will be closed; pubs and bars which do not serve substantial meals, betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.

Gyms will remain open, but gym classes will not be allowed. Social distancing guidelines must be followed between people from different households.

Businesses affected by the restrictions will be able to access the national Local Restrictions Support Grant for businesses required to close through restrictions imposed by Government. Information about the scheme can be found here and further information will follow on Sheffield City Council’s website when the application process is open.

Announcements today also outline a £30m package to support the region’s wider business base. We are awaiting further detail from Government on this fund.  Updates will be available on the Sheffield City Council website here and on our social media accounts.

 Further household restrictions apply in Tier 3 and people must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting, in any private garden and at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events. People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space.

Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said:

“We know that the move to Tier 3 restrictions will impact on many businesses in Sheffield, and we are working hard to put support in place to help them navigate through this next stage of the pandemic. Our Business Sheffield advisors are on hand now to provide advice and guidance to businesses and ensure they have clarity on the new rules and their implications.

“We are now working to put a business grant scheme in place as quickly as possible to deliver the funding Government has promised today.

“Our local businesses have done a fantastic job of adapting to the changing climate this year and we will continue to support them to manage this next phase of Covid-19 restrictions.”

The Business Sheffield team of advisors are on hand to help answer business queries regarding restrictions and closures. The team will also provide complete information regarding local business support and grant schemes as soon as this is available. 

Businesses can contact the team on 0114 224 5000 or email

Businesses wishing to stay informed with the latest updates, should sign up to  Sheffield City Council’s email alert service here and follow Business Sheffield and Sheffield City Council’s social media channels.

The current most comprehensive advice and guidance for Sheffield businesses can be found online at: