LiveLive blog: Boris Johnson announces delay to lockdown easing - but how will Sheffield events, businesses and people be affected?

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed last night that lockdown measures would remain in place until July - pushed back from 21 June - due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:00 am
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, during a media briefing in Downing Street, London, on coronavirus (Covid-19). Picture date: Monday June 14, 2021.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he is "confident" that no further delay to the lifting of remaining Covid restrictions in England will be necessary, and will come to an end on 19 July.

The delay affects how sports events, pubs and cinemas can operate, with nightclubs to stay shuttered and people will be asked to continue working from home where possible.

However, the 30-person cap for wedding ceremonies and receptions, as well as wakes, will be lifted on 21 June, with limits to be set by venues based on social distancing requirements.

See our live blog through the day for more details of how Sheffield events, businesses and people will be affected.

How Sheffield events, businesses and people will be affected by delay to lockdown easing

Last updated: Tuesday, 15 June, 2021, 13:48

Sheffield’s famous Leadmill nightclub has announced its opening week will be postponed until further notice due to the announcement

Sheffield Heeley MP, Louise Haigh has warned a ‘perfect storm’ is brewing for local music and hospitality venues affected by the decision to delay the 21 June re-opening.

She said that the Government had been silent on the following which affect businesses in the industry.

  • On 23 June, quarterly rent is due.
  • On 30 June, the ban on commercial rent evictions ends.
  • On 1 July, employers must start contributing 10% to furlough costs.
  • On 1 July, 100% business rates relief tapers off to 67% business rates relief.

Ms Haigh added: “Local music and other hospitality venues are facing a perfect storm this summer.

They are part of the rich fabric of our city, yet many are now living in fear that support will be pulled away just when they need it most.

It is right we remain guided by the science to tackle this virus, but businesses must not pay the price for the Government’s mishandling of the borders and the new variant.

Ministers need to do whatever it takes to ensure these brilliant, much-loved venues are still here when the crisis is over.”

Responding to the delay in the easing of lockdown, Dan Jarvis, Mayor of South Yorkshire has said economic support must stay in place for businesses and people on furlough.

Following Johnson’s announcement, Dan Jarvis said: “The pandemic has been hard on all of us, but it’s been particularly tough for businesses and people on furlough who have been living with uncertainty for months.

“With the worrying rise in infection rates, the need for a cautious approach is understood, not least to ensure more people get vaccinated.

“But this crisis is not just a health crisis, it’s an economic one, and any delay to the lockdown roadmap must be accompanied by the right support.”

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Just in, a new makers’ market which was due to come to Crystal Peaks shopping centre on June 26 has been postponed following the extension of the government’s Covid-19 social distancing measures.

Peaks Uniques would have been a debut attraction for the award-winning Sheffield shopping centre, a chance for small businesses and individual designers and makers to reach a new market. “We are really sorry but unfortunately due to the delay in the lifting of social distancing requirements the Peaks Uniques makers market can no longer go ahead on June 26 as planned,” said Crystal peaks centre manager Lee Greenwood.

Buxton International Festival will go ahead from July 8-25 as it has been set up with social distancing. The festival is popular with many Sheffielders and celebrates opera, music and books

Sheffield’s Tramlines festival is booked for July 23-25, just after the new lockdown end date of July 19. Organisers have said they need to digest the guidance before confirming whether they will go ahead, adding on Twitter: “As always, our main priority is the safety of our festival-goers, artists and staff. We’ll be working with the local authorities and following all the latest government guidance.”

How Sheffield events, businesses and people will be affected by delay to lockdown easing

Sheffield’s Parkrun events - already delayed once because nationally not enough landowners had given permission - have been delayed again. They are expected to restart at the end of July (July 24)

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