COVID-19 update … Celebrate New Year Safety…

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Wednesday 30th December 2020

Residents Bulletin

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Stay home, stay safe this New Year

With pubs, restaurants and other attractions closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, we are asking people to stay at home to celebrate the new year safely.

By continuing to follow the Covid restrictions, including not mixing households, we can all have a happy and safe new year. If we all continue to follow the advice, we can look forward to a much better 2021.

Reduce the Risk - Covid alert level: very high

Rotherham remains under Tier 3 restrictions

Today the government confirmed that Rotherham is remaining in Tier 3 at the moment, which reflects that we are still an area of Very High risk.

This means that we are asking everyone to:

  • Stay local and avoid travel as much as you can
  • Don’t mix with other households in your home or garden
  • Continue to follow the key health advice of washing your hands often, wearing face coverings when required and staying 2 metres apart.
  • If you have any symptoms at all, or any reason to be concerned, you should arrange to get tested as soon as possible.

See this video for further advice on what you can do to reduce the risk of spreading Coronovirus.

You can find out more about tier 3 restrictions in place on the Government website. There are also some useful frequently asked questions about the current restrictions on the Rotherham Council website.

Following today’s announcement, the majority of the population of England is now under stricter, Tier 4 restrictions because of rapidly increasing infection rates. This includes areas in the East Midlands which border the south of our borough.

No one should now be leaving a Tier 4 to travel to another part of the country. For anyone who has recently arrived from a Tier 4 area, we strongly recommend they avoid contact with anybody from other households.

If we all continue to follow the advice over these next few months, we can all do our bit to ensure that Rotherham is not placed under tougher restrictions.

Current infection rate and hospital status

The latest available infection rate data (up to Christmas Eve) shows that the number of Covid infections in Rotherham stands at 234 per 100,000 population.

This shows that the local rate is stabilising. However, with the number of people getting tested usually reducing at weekends and bank holidays, infection trends are likely to be more difficult to predict until into the new year.

There are still more than 100 Covid-19 inpatients in Rotherham Hospital which continues to put services under stress.

Getting tested

All four local testing sites in Rotherham are open every day, including New Year’s Day.

It’s really important that you book an appointment for a Covid-19 test straight away if you are displaying any of the following symptoms, even if they are mild:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Children’s return to school to be staggered

The Government has announced todaythat Secondary Schools will re-open to pupils on a staggered basis following the Christmas and New Year holiday.

The announcement confirmed that all Primary Schools in Rotherham will open as planned on 4th January.

The borough’s Secondary Schools will re-open as follows, during week commencing:

The delay is to allow time to set-up Covid testing for staff and pupils. Remote learning will be available for exam-year children from 4th January.

Reminder – holiday opening hours and emergency cover

Christmas opening times

Information about opening hours and emergency arrangements for Rotherham Council for the remainder of the Christmas and New Year holiday is on the Council’s website.

Emergency services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week until all Council services re-open as normal at 8am on Monday 4th January.

To report an emergency to the Council, call:

If you are in a crisis as a result of Covid-19 and require immediate help, please telephone 01709 807319. Any other emergency: 01709 382121

If you feel that a child or young person is in immediate danger, please phone 999.

Click here to view the full list of Rotherham Council service details and other help and support arrangements over the holiday.

To report non-emergency issues at any time go to