RESIDENTS in Barnsley will no longer be able to meet anyone outside their household as new coronavirus restrictions come into effect from tomorrow.

Yesterday (October 12) Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a three tier approach to coronavirus restrictions which will take effect from Wednesday, October 14.

South Yorkshire will be classed as tier two, due to the rising number of cases across the county.

This means that restrictions for Barnsley and the surrounding areas will be tightened in order to help control the virus.

From tomorrow, residents of Barnsley 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.

“That means more track and tracing, more testing, more working with businesses to make sure everything is as safe as possible. But in the end it comes down to individual people.

“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."