‘I don’t give a sod!’: Barnsley pensioner, 83, slams new Tier-3 lockdown for South Yorkshire saying ‘I’ve not got many years left – I’m not going to be fastened in a house’
- The unknown 83-year-old Barnsley, South Yorkshire, resident said she doesn’t ‘give a sod’ about staying home
- She spoke her mind following the announcement that the region would enter Tier 3 at midnight on Saturday
- South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield become Tier 3, along with Manchester
- The latest dramatic move means 7.3million people will be under the top level of restrictions by the weekend
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An 83-year-old woman from Barnsley has said she doesn’t ‘give a sod’ about staying at home after it was announced Tier 3 restrictions would come into force this weekend.
From midnight Saturday the South Yorkshire areas of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield will move under Tier 3.
This means a ban on household mixing indoors, travel to areas outside Tier 3, and the closure of pubs and bars, as well as betting shops, casinos and soft plays.
Speaking to BBC News this afternoon the 83-year-old Barnsley resident said that at her age she doesn’t ‘give a sod’ and that she would not be ‘fastened in a house’ for her remaining years by the ‘ridiculous’ restrictions.
The unknown shopper from Barnsley said she didn’t ‘give a sod’ and thought that the lockdown should never have happened
The outspoken shopper told the broadcaster: ‘I think it’s all ridiculous, we should never have been in lockdown. All the people who were vulnerable should have been helped and kept home safe.
‘And all the rest of us, i’m 83, I don’t give a sod.
‘I look at it this way, i’ve not got all that many years left of me and i’m not going to be fastened in a house when the government have got it all wrong.
‘We need…how can we get the country on its feet? Money-wise? Where’s all the money?
She shared her opinion that lockdown should never have happened and that the ‘government have got 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 inside
She also touched on the economic impact of lockdown, specifically the rise in unemployment
Selflessly assessing the situation the woman said that it would be ‘all the young ones’ who ‘pay for it’ but ‘not me because i’m going to be dead’
‘By the end of this year there’s going to be millions of people unemployed and you know who’s going to pay for it? All the young ones. Not me because i’m going to be dead.’
South Yorkshire has secured a £41million deal with the government on entering the Tier 3 bracket – for contact tracing, enforcement and business support.
The sum granted to South Yorks is in roughly in line with that handed to Merseyside and Lancashire, adjusting for population size.
Britain recorded 18,804 Covid-19 cases and 80 deaths yesterday as infections and fatalities rise
Sheffield City mayor Dan Jarvis, who today agreed a deal for the region to be escalated to Tier Three from Saturday said he had acted ‘responsibly’ in reaching an agreement, taking a swipe at Manchester mayor Andy Burnham who was sidelined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson after failing to come to an agreement.
West Yorkshire leaders say they have been told it will not be escalated into Tier Three this week – although government sources insist discussions are still ongoing.
The latest dramatic move means 7.3million people will be under the top level of restrictions by the weekend.
Table showing the different alert levels, Tier 1 as medium, Tier 2 as high and Tier 3 as very high
The words of the unknown Barnsley resident today were reminiscent of another member of the public who was hailed as ‘the voice of the nation’ – Brenda from Bristol who was horrified to learn that PM Theresa May had called for a snap general election in April 2017.
Asked how she felt in response to the breaking news of the Snap election Brenda reacted as many did, exclaiming: ‘You’re joking – not another one. Oh for God’s sake, honestly I can’t stand this.
‘There’s too much politics going on at the moment, why does she need to do it?’