An 83-year-old woman from Barnsley said she “doesn’t care” about staying home after announcing the Level 3 restrictions will go into effect this weekend.
From midnight Saturday, the South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will be upgraded to level 3.
This means a ban on mixing households indoors, traveling to areas outside of level 3, and the closure of pubs and bars, as well as betting shops, casinos and free games.
Speaking to BBC News this afternoon, the Barnsley resident, 83, said that at her age she was not ‘giving a lawn’ and would not be ‘tied up in a house’ for the remaining years by the “ridiculous” restrictions. .
Barnsley’s unknown buyer said she had not ‘given a boost’ and believed the lockdown should never have happened
The outspoken buyer told the broadcaster, “I think this is all ridiculous, we should never have been locked up. All vulnerable people should have been helped and kept safe in their homes.
“And all of us, I’m 83, I don’t care.
“I see it this way, I don’t have so many years of myself left and I’m not going to be tied up in a house when the government has it all wrong.
“We need… how do we get the country back on its feet? In terms of money? Where’s all the money?
She shared her opinion that the lockdown should never have happened and that “the government has it all wrong”
Sharing her logic, the 83-year-old said she didn’t have “many years” left and didn’t want to use them sitting indoors.
She also touched on the economic impact of the lockdown, in particular rising unemployment
Selflessly assessing the situation, the woman said it would be “all the young people” who “pay for it” but “not me because I’m going to be dead”
“At the end of this year there will be millions of unemployed and you know who is going to pay for it? All the kids. Not me because I’m going to be dead.
South Yorkshire has struck a £ 41million deal with the government entering Tranche 3 – for contact tracing, application and business support.
The amount given to South Yorks roughly matches that given to Merseyside and Lancashire, taking into account the size of the population.
Britain recorded 18,804 Covid-19 cases and 80 deaths yesterday as infections and deaths rise
Sheffield City Mayor Dan Jarvis, who today agreed to a deal for the region to escalate to level three from Saturday, said he had acted “responsibly” in reaching a deal, taking a helping hand to Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham who was dismissed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. after failing to reach an agreement.
West Yorkshire leaders have said they have been told they will not be upgrading to level three this week – although government sources insist talks are still ongoing.
The latest dramatic move means 7.3 million people will be subject to the highest level of restrictions by the weekend.
Table showing the different alert levels, level 1 as medium, level 2 as high and level 3 as very high