COVID-19 Update

Level three – the virus is in general circulation – social distancing relaxed


Largest testing programme for coronavirus shows virus continued to decline in June

The second monthly REACT-1 report from Imperial College London and Ipsos MORI has been published, showing how the virus has spread in England.

£20 million to improve small business leadership and problem-solving skills in the wake of coronavirus

Two new leadership programmes to help small business leaders grow their companies in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic have been launched today (3 August).

Eat Out to Help Out launches today – with government paying half on restaurant bills

Diners across the UK will see their restaurant bills slashed by as much as 50% from today as the government’s landmark Eat Out to Help Out scheme officially opens for business (Monday 3 August)




Covid-19 business support scheme to close on 16th August

Over 4,000 Rotherham businesses and charities have received more than £46m in financial support from Rotherham Council since the start of Covid-19 lockdown measures.

But with the deadline to make a claim is now looming. The money has been allocated through several Government-backed schemes which have been administered by the Council.

Walk-through testing for Rotherham residents

Rotherham residents can now access a COVID-19 test at the new walk-through Local Testing Site on Forge Island, Rotherham town centre.

The Department of Health and Social Care operated site will be open to the public from Wednesday 29 July and is expected to be open from 8am to 8pm seven days a week for the next 12 weeks. This walk-through site is in addition to the drive-through site at Midland Road.

Weekly update from rotherham’s director of public health, Teresa Roche

I would once again like to say thank you to the people of Rotherham for all your efforts in helping to contain the spread of coronavirus infection.



Message from Julia Burrows, Director of Public Health, Barnsley – 31 July 2020

Our position in Barnsley remains encouraging, with the rate of infection continuing to be low.

The new local lockdown measures in Greater Manchester and parts of West Yorkshire show how quickly things can change and how Government will intervene immediately. That’s why it’s absolutely crucial we all continue to follow advice and measures on social distancing, wearing face coverings, hand washing and getting a test and self-isolating if you have any symptoms.

Supporting local businesses with early payments

Barnsley Council is continuing to support local businesses throughout COVID-19 by paying all suppliers on a faster payment scheme, without a fee. The scheme aims to help businesses to plan their finances and get back on their feet throughout the recovery period.

Be a Barnsley Superstar – face coverings to protect your community

Barnsley Council is standing by their promise to be more proactive than ever in taking measures to combat the transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19). They are providing an initial 25,000 reusable face coverings free of charge for Barnsley residents as part of the ‘Be a Barnsley Superstar’ campaign which launched at the beginning of June.