Things you CAN still do in lockdown in Sheffield

Weston Park Museum. Sheffield

Things you CAN still do in lockdown in Sheffield

There’s no other way to spin it, yesterday was a bad day. While something definitely needs to be done to stop the current increase in infection rates and subsequent spread of the virus, Tier Three lockdown restrictions are undoubtedly a disaster for many people (we’re looking at you hospitality) and a pretty big inconvenience for others.

We don’t have the answers, but what we do have is a list of things that you CAN still do, if you feel comfortable and able (remember, if you have any Covid symptoms don’t do any of these things). Hopefully, it will give people a bit of something to look forward to as the winter sets in.

Go to the cinema

The showroom cinema has confirmed they will remain open following yesterday’s announcement. They have an amazing programme of independent screenings and Doc/Fest events coming up, including a last chance to see the remarkable La Haine today.

Showroom CEO Ian Wild said: “Following the Government’s announcement that Sheffield will be placed under Tier 3 restrictions from midnight on Friday 23 October, we can confirm we will remain open. All the measures that we have put in place mean we can continue to safely welcome you through our doors, show you great film and serve you delicious food.

“Please be aware that with the new Government restrictions from Saturday 24 October, our Café Bar will only be able to serve alcohol with a substantial meal. We will no longer sell alcoholic drinks from our cinema kiosk.

“We still have a diverse and exciting film programme for you to immerse yourself in and a wonderful Café Bar for you to enjoy. I would like to thank you for continuing to support us during these immensely pressured times.

Find out what’s on here.

Go to the museums

Museums Sheffield have also confirmed they will remain open after Saturday’s restrictions take effect. They said: “Following today’s announcement that South Yorkshire will move into Tier 3, we’ve now confirmed that the Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum will remain open.

“Keeping our staff and visitors safe and well remains our number one priority – we’ll continue to review and update our procedures and do all we can to ensure everyone can continue to visit with confidence.”

Go to the gym

As it stands, gyms are still open in South Yorkshire and yesterday’s announcement by Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region Mayor, stated that, ‘Gym classes will not be allowed and social distancing guidelines should be followed between people from different households (but gyms will remain open).’ In other regions, Lancashire for example, gyms are closed so expect uproar about that and get some gains in while you can.

EDIT: The council has now advised that until they have sought clarification on which classes must be closed, classes should continue to run in a Covid-safe manner. They said: In the meantime our advice is that fitness classes can be held as long as they are done so in a COVID safe way so ensuring there is enough space to social distance, wash hands, etc. We believe strongly that during this time we need to keep activities available for our residents to access that enables them to keep active.

“We also understand the frustration the lack of clarity in some of the restrictions causes, especially so close to the new restrictions coming into effect and are doing all we can to rectify the situation and will update as soon as we receive any new information.”

Go for a Swim

Following the guidance on gyms, Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has confirmed their intentions to press ahead with next week’s planned re-opening. Both the pool and gym will open, but with the same exception around fitness classes. Bookings can be made online here.

Go for a ‘substantial meal’ (with your household)

The big thing to come out of yesterday’s announcement was that venues that serve ‘substantial meals’ would still be allowed to open, whereas pubs that didn’t would be forced to close and receive financial support. It seems that some pubs that serve food have still decided to close anyway, presumably also with support, but quite what constitutes a ‘substantial meal’ is still, shall we say, up for interpretation. Sarnies on the bar, anyone? Pickled eggs?

Anyway, as long as you go with people from your household, you can still go and have a full meal of pork scratchings (we’re joking, you can’t) and a drink at one of Sheffield’s restaurants or food-led pubs. If you can, we’re sure the independents would love to see your support.

Social distancing at The MIllowners Arms, in Kelham Island
Social distancing at The MIllowners Arms, in Kelham Island

Go for a nice walk

As you probably did loads over the spring and summer, go check out your local parks and greenspaces, they’re still lovely. You’ll need to wrap up warm but there’s really nothing like a brisk autumnal walk to blow the cobwebs off and escape the constant hum of the newsfeed. Obviously, don’t go and do something daft like travel miles to the Peak District and make it rammo with people, you live in Sheffield, there’s probably a park around the corner – and it’s probably award-winning.

Jill Thompson, Chair of Friends of Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Cllr Mary Lea

Ashley Birch
1 Comment
  • Theresa Damahi
    Posted at 01:15h, 23 October Reply

    Can you please make it clear that restaurants have to stay open? Everyone is assuming pubs and restaurants have to close.

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