Coronavirus Sheffield live blog: Support our independents!

Whether you’re self-isolating, recovering or simply need some bits and bobs, Sheffield’s independents are here to help you. In supporting the below businesses, you could be saving not just a business, but a person’s livelihood too.


What: One of the biggest independent cinemas in the country, Showroom has been a fixture of Sheffield city centre for years.
Offer: To help keep this institution alive, you can purchase things like memberships, gift vouchers and even have a seat engraved with your name on it for five years.
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Home to the Lyceum, Crucible and Studio Theatres, these three institutions are vital to the city’s creative and performance industries. Whilst these theatres have closed until April, you can still support them by purchasing tickets for upcoming shows and gift vouchers.
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What: Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp – you name it, they’ve played it. It’s one of the city’s truly historic venues.
Offer: They’re auctioning off much-loved memorabilia and archived band merchandise in order to help cover staff wages and survive as a business.
More info: Auction here

What: Popular pop-up cinema specialising in themed nights in iconic venues around Sheff like the Abbeydale Picture House and the Devil’s Arse (Peak Cavern) in Castleton.
Whilst the events are put on hold, you can purchase gift vouchers online to help them keep things ticking over.
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Local creative agency.
Offer: “Sheffield’s small independent businesses – we are offering you FREE help with small digital tasks to improve your visibility online and help you stay in touch with your customers and our community.
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The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

The most common symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of a new continuous cough and/or high temperature. If you have these symptoms, however mild, stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started. You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days, contact NHS 111 online. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on the understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

We will update this page as and when the above advice changes.

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