Guy Fawkes Night, Guy Fawkes Day, Fireworks Night, whatever you call it, Bonfire night will be different this year, so it’s important to have fun responsibly and follow the National Corvid19 restrictions.
As good as South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue crews are – and they really are good – they can’t be in two places at once, so if you are having a bonfire please be extra careful, as they need to keep crews available for real emergencies.
Although we can’t gather around the new Crosspool community memorial in the Tapton Church garden for an inaugural service of Remembrance this Sunday ` for those whose life has been touched by conflict’, you are invited to take a short walk to the memorial in your own time.
The Rev. Suzanne Nockels has prepared a prayer that people can use as they see fit and will be doing a video of a short service next to the memorial which will be aired on the ‘Sheffield Congregational Churches‘ Facebook and on their website: taptonchurch.com, at 10.45am, Wednesday November 11th.
Launched on Sunday 25th October by Hulleys of Baslow, the new trans Pennine SnakeX57 bus service, with a single adult fare between Sheffield and Manchester priced at £8 and a return costing £10, re-establishes a direct bus link between Sheffield and Manchester.
The SnakeX57 bus service runs from the Sheffield Interchange via Crosspool, Ladybower Inn, A57 Snake Pass, Glossop and Hollingworth, to Chorlton Street in Manchester, with the full journey scheduled to take 90 minutes.
The last bus for Manchester leaves Sheffield at 10.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays, with the last bus in the opposite direction departing at 11.45pm on those days.
The existing 275 route between Sheffield and Bakewell, via, Bamford, Grindleford and Eyam, has been renumbered the 257, with no change to times.
From 24 October this area will be in Local COVID Alert Level: Very High.
What are the restrictions?
People must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support bubble*. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs. You also must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues. (*A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.)
People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue. Venues following COVID-secure guidance can host more people in total, but no one must mix indoors or in most public outdoor venues with anyone who they do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with). This includes in pubs and restaurants, shops, leisure and entertainment venues and places of worship.
Pubs and bars will close and will only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They will only be able to serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Certain businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am. Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-thru.
People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘Very High’ alert level or entering a ‘Very High’ alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey. If people need to travel they are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, to allow for social distancing.
Face masks must be worn on all public transport and not car share with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless you can practise social distancing. If people need to use public transport, you should follow the safer travel guidance. This includes the rules on wearing face masks and advice on car sharing.
People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the ‘Very High’ alert area.
Visits should not be made to a care home except in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit someone who is at the end of their life.
In addition, the following restrictions will also apply in South Yorkshire:
Additional closures will include: Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.
Gym classes will not be allowed (but gyms will remain open).
Poppy Appeal kicks off this Thursday and runs until Wednesday November 11th.
To safeguard Royal British Legion staff, volunteers and members of the public during the current pandemic restrictions, this year their devoted community volunteer Poppy Appeal street collections have had to be curtailed.
In the unprecedented challenges that COVID-19 poses, the Royal British Legion local organisers face difficulties raising funds from this year’s Poppy Appeal.
To help you, your neighbours, family and friends, get hold of a poppy and contribute to the appeal, the Spar, GT News and Pet Supplies in the Crosspool precinct have generously agreed to support the appeal and from mid-day tomorrow, Thursday 22nd, will have a supply of poppies.