Covid-19

Employment expert welcomes furlough extension

Shaun Duffy, an employment expert at Sheffield’s Citizen Advice has told Sheffield Live! the extension of the furlough scheme is good news for employers in the region. Two weeks ago, the Prime Minister announced the second national lockdown in England and the extension of the furlough scheme for another five months. Under the scheme employers can claim up to 80% of their employees wages or a maximum of £2500 a month from the government. This also applies to those who are self-employed. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield could return to tier 3 after lockdown says health chief

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, speaking to Sheffield Live! said he believes the city will go back into Tier 3 restrictions when the current lockdown ends. Under the new national lockdown, which came into effect on 5 November, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non essential shops are due to remain closed until 2 December. Azz Mohammed reports.

South Yorkshire heads into Tier 3 restrictions

Sheffield and the rest of South Yorkshire are heading into Tier 3 restrictions as Covid-19 cases remain persistently high. People will not be allowed to meet socially with anyone who is not part of their household or support bubble. The government has allocated £41m to support those affected in South Yorkshire by the new restrictions. Sheffield Live! reporter Azz Mohammed spoke to Susan Hird, consultant in public health at Sheffield Council.

Sheffield on high alert as Covid cases grow

Sheffield’s director of public health, Greg Fell, has warned Covid-19 cases may continue to rise as second wave takes hold. On Monday the Prime Minister announced a new three-tier system of ‘Medium’, ‘High’ and ‘Very High’ Covid risk with Sheffield in the High category.

Crookes Social Club at risk of closure

Crookes Social Club are appealing to customers to return to help the business survive with bosses saying the club is on the brink of shutting down. Speaking to Sheffield Live! general manager and secretary of the club Maurice Champeau said the new 10pm closing time has affected the business severely. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield universities move most teaching online

Sheffield Hallam University has moved most of its teaching online, student union president, Andrew Adegbola, has told Sheffield Live! Earlier this week the University of Sheffield suspended all face to face teaching in an attempt to stop the spread of Covid-19 among students and staff. Both universities have recorded nearly a thousand positive cases since the return of students two weeks ago. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Early closure will put jobs and pubs at risk say owners

Pub landlords in Sheffield are worried their businesses will not survive if the early closing restrictions continue for long. Last week the government ordered all pubs, bars and restaurants to shut at 10pm in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Barrington Spence, owner of Barry’s on London Road and Jonathan Daniel Leigh, supervisor at the Rutland Arms on Brown Street told Sheffield Live! there should be more support from the government to help businesses. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Covid cases rise amidst rule of six confusion

With local lockdowns in force across much of the north of England there is growing concern that frequently changing guidelines are causing confusion. In Sheffield, according to Greg Fell, director for public health, there has been a worrying increase in hospital admissions with most cases coming from household transmissions Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!