ENGLAND will move out of national lockdown next week, but it's not yet clear whether Barnsley will remain in tier three.

 

Last night (November 23), prime minister Boris Johnson announced that lockdown measures will end on December 2 after a month in effect.

 

This means that the country will return to the tiered approach to help control the spread of the virus.

 

However, information about which tier Barnsley will be in won't be released until Thursday.

 

Before the lockdown Barnsley was placed in tier three restrictions which meant that mixing with other households was not allowed, and pubs closed unless they served 'substantial' meals.

 

Figures show that 746 new cases have been recorded across the borough from November 13-19 which brings the total number of recorded positive coronavirus tests to more than 10,000.

 

This could mean Barnsley will enter the improved tier three restrictions which will force cinemas to close and will ban mixing with other households in addition to the previous rules.

 

Speaking in parliament, Boris Johnson said: “Without sensible precautions, we would risk the virus escalating into a winter or new year surge.

 

The incidence of the disease is still widespread in many areas, so we are not going to replace national measures with a free for all.

 

We are going to go back instead to a regional tiered approach, applying the toughest measures where Covid is most prevalent.”

 

The prime minister also announced that an emphasis would be on vaccination and rapid testing in the new year.