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South Yorkshire will be the latest region placed into Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions, the Sheffield City Region mayor has announced. The restrictions which will come into force on Saturday morning have sparked fury among residents. One woman has branded the move “ridiculous”.
Speaking to BBC Yorkshire, she said: “I think it’s all ridiculous.
“We should never have been in lockdown.
“All the people who were vulnerable should have been helped and kept safe.
“All the rest of us, I’m 83, I don’t give a sod.
“I look at it this way, I’ve not got all that many years left of me and I’m not going to be fastened in a house when the Government have got it all wrong.
“How can we get the country on its feet? Money-wise, where’s all the money?
“By the end of this year there’s going to be millions of people unemployed and you know who’s going to pay for it?
“All the young ones. Not me because I’m going to be dead.”
A pub landlady in Sheffield has said she is “devastated” about the new restrictions imposed on her industry and urged the authorities to give them some clear guidelines.
Louise Singleton, landlady of the Kelham Island Tavern, said she believed the hospitality industry was being “thrown under a bus” and “used as a scapegoat”, while other industries are allowed to remain open.
And she said she is concerned for the welfare of her staff and customers after the news that she will have to close her business.
Ms Singleton, whose pub is the only one in the UK to have been named the Campaign for Real Ale’s National Pub of the Year two years running, told the PA news agency: “It’s quite appalling really, my first reaction is just panic.
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“We still don’t know any information, it’s just wading through what has become available online to see what assistance may be available to us, looking at our stock, seeing what we can do, what we can get through.”
She added: “It’s very draining. I’m devastated today because I feel like I’m just admitting defeat as a business.”
The landlady, who said she is losing hundreds of pounds each week, said pubs needed more information about what the restrictions mean and what assistance is available.
She said: “Give us some clear guidelines and communicate.
“The hardest thing for us is the lack of communication, we’re having to make decisions with no, or very little, information. We need someone to actually come and talk to us.”
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