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Lancashire moving into highest tier of local lockdown system

Lancashire moving into highest tier of local lockdown system

Lancashire is to face tighter Coronavirus restrictions as it moves into Tier 3 of England's new local lockdown system.

The move into the highest tier means that bars and pubs which do not serve food will be closed across the county. 

The move into Tier 3 comes after days of talks between local leaders and the Government, as they tried to agree on restrictions and a package of financial support. It is understood that the region has now secured a £42m funding package from the government.

Currently, Lancashire is in Tier 2 on the system, however, it will be moving into Tier 3 on Saturday. It will join the Liverpool City region, which is already in the highest tier, and it is expected that other Northern areas including Greater Manchester may follow in the coming days.

Infection rates in Lancashire are among the highest in England and have been rising at a rapid rate. Rates are currently highest in Lancashire for those aged 16 to 29, with the case rate for this age bracket standing at 552 cases per 100,000 people.


What are the new restrictions in Lancashire?

The following new restrictions will apply in Lancashire, from 00:01 on Saturday 17 October;

  • Inter-household mixing will be banned in any indoor setting, private garden and at most outdoor hospitality venues
  • Pubs and bars must close unless they serve substantial meals. Pubs will only be allowed to serve alcohol as part of a meal
  • Wedding receptions will not be allowed  - ceremonies for weddings and funerals can still go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees

Some additional measures will apply in the area from Monday 19 October;

  • The adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops must close
  • Soft play areas must close
  • All car boot sales will be banned

In addition, the following advice will be in effect;

  • People should try to avoid travelling in or out of a very high alert level area unless essential
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK

Schools and universities will remain open. Places of worship will also remain open, but household mixing will not be permitted.

Unlike in the Liverpool City region where they have now been closed, gyms and leisure centres are set to remain open in Lancashire for now under the Tier 3 measures.

The measures are to be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether it is still appropriate for them to be in place.

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