Charity calls for regular testing of care workers

An adult day care centre in Sheffield has called on the government to provide a weekly Covid test for all staff members who look after vulnerable adults. Paces Sheffield provides adult day care support for people with brain injuries and motor disorders. Speaking to Sheffield Live! chief executive Spencer Pitfield said: “A lack of regular Covid testing is putting workers and people they care for at risk”. Baillor Jalloh reports.

Sheffield infection rate flat says health chief

Sheffield’s rate of Covid-19 infections has been flat at around 50 cases per day as infections rise across the country. From Thursday millions of people in England will move to Tier Four coronavirus restrictions however South Yorkshire remains in Tier Three. Sheffield Live! reporter Baillor Jalloh spoke to Greg Fell, Director of Public Health Sheffield.

Traditional sword dance cancelled due to COVID-19

One of England’s oldest folk dance teams have cancelled their traditional Boxing Day performance due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Handsworth Sword Dancers have performed their traditional Yorkshire ‘longsword’ dance every Boxing Day at Woodhouse Cross and Handsworth Church since 1963, continuing a tradition of dancing in midwinter dating back to the 1800s. The performances, which also include a mummers play and renditions of some of Sheffield’s unique carols, normally attract hundreds of spectators. Baillor Jalloh reports for Sheffield Live!

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.