17 October 2020 04:35

Greater Manchester Coronavirus Police officer

Lancashire tier 3 lockdown map: Areas affected by new Covid restrictions, when they start and rules explained

Lancashire tier 3 lockdown map: Areas affected by new Covid restrictions, when they start and rules explained Lancashire will join the neighbouring Liverpool City Region in the top tier from Saturday Lancashire is moving up to lockdown tier three, the highest level of coronavirus restrictions in England, the Government confirmed on Friday. It means pubs and bars will have to close, and there will be a near-total ban on socialising with people outside of your household. A map of the areas that will be under tier three in Lancashire (Photo: Datawrapper) The restrictions will apply to the whole of Lancashire, which includes the following local authorities: Most pubs, as well as all bars, betting shops and casinos will all be ordered to close. Restaurants will be allowed to remain open, as well as pubs that serve food. Gyms will also remain open, despite being forced to close under tier three in the Liverpool City Region.

People should avoid non-essential travel, which includes everything that is not for the purpose of work, education or care. Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced support measures for businesses forced to close due to local lockdowns. Repeating his demand for the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, to fund an 80 per cent furlough scheme for locked-down areas, he said that the Government plan went "way beyond" pub closures, but he had been told "there's no money left". Politicians have offered some clarity on whether people can travel in and out of Lancashire now that it is entering a Tier 3 lockdown. From Saturday (October 17), all of Lancashire will enter Tier 3 restrictions after a week of negotiations with Government ended in a £42million support package being secured for the county.

As of Saturday, official Government advice says that people should avoid travelling outside of Lancashire. The only reason people should travel to or from a Tier 3 area is for work, education, caring responsibilities, or to travel through as part of a longer journey. But in a press conference this afternoon, Councillor Lynn Williams, leader of Blackpool Council, said there is no "mandatory ban on travel" in and out of Lancashire. In regards to Blackpool, Coun Williams said the seaside resort remains open - but "safely" so. "Anyone in Lancashire can travel countywide," Coun Williams said.

When pressed on people visiting Blackpool, Coun Williams said there are no travel restrictions and that the guidance is "only advisory". People are able to come but will have to ensure that they abide by the measures our public health colleagues have stated and other restrictions, and travel within their own family, household unit." Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire County Council, said the travel rules from Government is "guidance", rather than law. So while the Government is urging people to stay away from Lancashire, and urging Lancashire residents to not travel elsewhere, there is no legal ban on this. The new restrictions come into force across the county from midnight tonight, with more than 1,100 pubs at risk of closing unless they can repurpose themselves as 'restaurants' serving 'substantial meals'. Health secretary Matt Hancock said: "An unrelenting rise in cases in Lancashire means we must act now, and we have worked intensively with local leaders to agree on additional restrictions.

But unlike the first lockdown in the spring, the new restrictions will allow gyms, leisure centres, hair salons and beauty parlours to stay open. Below is the full list of venues and businesses which will need to close under Lancashire's Tier 3 (Very High) lockdown, and those that are permitted to stay open. Businesses that must close from midnight tonight (00.01 on Saturday, October 17): - Pubs and bars must close, except those that operate as if they were a restaurant - which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal; they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal. Shops, including non-essential retailers, are allowed to stay open under Tier 3 lockdown - Shops, including non-essential retailers, can stay open - Gyms and leisure centres - In Lancashire, gyms and leisure centres can stay open, unlike other areas under Tier 3 lockdown, including Liverpool. A deal has been done to move Lancashire into Tier 3 Covid restrictions. Non-food pubs and bars look set to close, but gyms and leisure centres will stay open. Lancashire will move from Local COVID Alert Level High to Very High from 12.01am on Saturday 17. This means that new measures will come into place including: People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals People should try to avoid travelling outside the very-high alert level or entering a very-high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey The adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas must close. Hospitalisations can occur two to three weeks after someone is infected with the virus, and the Governement is anticipating the number of patients in hospital in Lancashire to rise. A spokesperson said: "The number of patients with COVID-19 in intensive care beds has reached nearly half the number seen at the height of the pandemic earlier this year, and the latest data suggests there will be more people in mechanical ventilation beds in Lancashire within two weeks than there were in the first wave. The Government will also establish a dedicated, ministerial-led taskforce with additional funding to work with Lancashire leaders to support local businesses to recover over the coming six months." Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said: "An unrelenting rise in cases in Lancashire means we must act now, and we have worked intensively with local leaders to agree on additional restrictions. Another 1.5 million people in England will be placed under the toughest coronavirus restrictions this weekend as Lancashire moves into tier three (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) Lancashire leaders say they have been 'blackmailed and bullied' into imposing the most severe coronavirus restrictions on residents. The county will move to a tier three lockdown from midnight tonight with towns including Blackpool, Preston and Blackburn joining Liverpool City in the 'very high' category. South Ribble, Preston and Pendle Council leaders 'resisted' Lancashire moving from tier two but claim they were warned their towns would become 'an island' and 'isolated' if they refused to cooperate. Preston City Council leader, Matthew Brown, told how he fought 'to the bitter end' for adequate support to be provided by the Government including a more generous job support scheme. Shoppers in Preston, Lancashire, which moves into tier three from midnight (Picture: AFP/Getty Images) 'I was told we'd be an island where people potentially couldn't travel outside of the city.' 'They basically said they would place residents into more draconian measures in those districts that didn't agree to a deal. Meanwhile Pendle leader, Councillor Mohammed Iqbal, reiterated the bullying claims and insisted the deal would not work. The decision, announced this morning, will prevent residents from socialising with other households and force hundreds of bars and pubs that don't serve food to close. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's spokesperson said council leaders worked 'in consultation' with the Government (Picture: PA) When quizzed about allegations of bullying, the Prime Minister's spokesman said: 'He (Boris Johnson) is very grateful that those council leaders in Lancashire have worked in consultation with the Government and have come on board. 'We want to continue to work with local authorities in other areas where we have significant concerns in order to seek to put in place further measures to control the virus.'