NEW coronavirus measures come into effect tomorrow which will prevent Barnsley residents from meeting with people outside their households.

Yesterday (October 12) the government announced that a three tier approach to virus restrictions will come into effect from Wednesday, October 14.

South Yorkshire, including Barnsley, is one of the areas that will have to follow tier two restrictions until the number of cases fall.

In Barnsley, 557 new coronavirus cases were recorded from October 3 – 9 which has seen a 251 person rise.

Under the new restrictions, Barnsley residents must NOT:

  • Meet with anyone outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting

  • Meet in a group of more than six outside including gardens or other outdoor spaces

  • People should also aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible and only take public transport where necessary

Leader of the council, Sir Steve Houghton, said: “The government has announced that Barnsley is in the second tier of its risk analysis.

“What's very important is the significant rise that we have had in Barnsley in recent weeks that we need to get on top of. Locally we have an outbreak management plan and we will be working with all our partners to do everything we can to limit growth.

“We've still got to be vigilant, we've still got to step that up even more to make sure that we don't get into even more restrictive practises, as some areas of the country have unfortunately had to do.”