COVID-19 Update

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot changed on 17 May. However, many restrictions remain in place:

You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.

You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Gathering limits have been eased. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings are limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas are permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People can attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events is capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes. It must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs. This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • There is no longer a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. A traffic light system for international travel has been introduced, and you must follow the rules when returning to England depending on whether you return from a red, amber or green list country.


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£12.6m Boost for Rotherham Town Centre Given Go-Ahead

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Women’s Euros aim to inspire positive change in Rotherham

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Demolition Work Set to Change Town Centre Footprint

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Message from Julia Burrows, Barnsley Director of Public Health, 21 May 2021

Our latest case rates here in Barnsley are now 31.6 per 100,000 people in the population (using data for the 7 days ending 15 May 2021.) This is a welcome reduction in cases, especially in old older age groups and we are seeing very little activity in the hospital as a result of COVID-19 which is a very positive picture.

Message from Cllr Sir Steve Houghton CBE, Leader of Barnsley Council and Chair of the Barnsley Outbreak Control Engagement Board

We’re delighted to welcome back Cllr Caroline Makinson as the Mayor of Barnsley for 2021-22 as she officially reprised her role as mayor at the official Mayor Making ceremony held at yesterday’s Full Council meeting. 

Electric vehicle charging point rollout underway

Work to install electric vehicle charging points capable of charging up to 40 vehicles at various car parks across Barnsley is now underway.