26 October 2020 00:32
Sign up to FREE email alerts from LancsLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Lancashire is currently on 'very high alert' level under Tier 3 restrictions - along with Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire. However, an addition level could be introduced if the measures prove ineffective by mid-November, with reports suggesting that restaurants and non-essential retail such as clothes shops could be forced to shut. The website reports measures under Tier 4 - which has not been officially announced or decided but is reportedly being discussed - could include shutting restaurants and non-essential retail such as clothes shops. Short-term local circuit breaker lockdowns to bring the R value of transmission below 1 are also said to be under consideration, reports the MEN. iNews reports government representatives have told leaders in Tier 3 regions that social contacts need to be cut by 60 per cent in order to bring the R number - the rate by which the virus spreads - from its current nationwide level of 1.6 to below 1.
Last week Nicola Sturgeon unveiled a new five-tier lockdown system for battling coronavirus in Scotland. The First Minister said the levels, rising from zero to four, would avoid a 'one-size fits all approach' for areas of the country with lower infection rates. Level four, the highest level, is closer to a full lockdown, Ms Sturgeon said, with non-essential shops forced to close and bans on indoor meet-ups. According to official data, the UK has reported another 174 coronavirus deaths and 23,012 more cases in the latest 24-hour period. NEW "tier four" restrictions could be introduced if the current local lockdown measures fail to bring down coronavirus cases in England, according to reports.
Fears are now growing that the R-rate will not drop below Christmas in tier three areas - piling pressure on the government to unveil a new strategy. Whitehall officials believe that it would be clear by the middle of November, two to three weeks after the first tier three measures were introduced, whether the restrictions had made any difference to case numbers. Local leaders in tier three regions have reportedly been told that social contacts need to be cut by 60 per cent - the equivalent of bringing the R-rate down from 1.6 to below 1. In these areas, including Liverpool, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire, households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors - including in private gardens. People living in tier two areas, including London, Coventry, Stoke, Slough, York, Cheshire, Leeds, Sunderland and Leicester, are currently banned from mixing with other households indoors, including in pubs.
Pubs must close at 10pm and the rule of six still applies for areas under tier one restrictions. A Tier 4 lockdown could see shops and restaurants also closing. This plan B system would be brought in in England by mid-November if Tier 3 restrictions were not working. Whitehall officials and local authorities are reportedly considering alternative plans if the three-tier system in England has not made a difference by mid-November. Whitehall officials and local authorities are in discussion about the additional tier. The tier four measures could include shutting restaurants and non-essential retail such as clothes shops. Short-term local circuit breaker lockdowns have also been discussed. Government officials and local authorities could bring in more restrictions including a Tier 4 if the three-tier system in England has not made a difference to the spread of covid-19. The alternative plan would consist of a "Tier 3 plus" or "Tier 4" including shutting restaurants and non-essential retail such as clothes shops. The measures have not been officially announced or decided but are reportedly being discussed, reports Mirror Online. Other options reportedly being discussed include the possibility of short-term local circuit breaker lockdowns to bring the R rate of transmission below one. Since October 12, England has been operating under a three-tier system of local restrictions which divides areas into different categories, labelled as medium, also known as Tier 1, high, also known as Tier 2, or very high risk, which is referred to as Tier 3. Teesside remains in Tier 2 although further talks are expected this week between Government and local leaders over whether Tier 3 restrictions should be imposed Areas categorised as high risk - Tier 2 - have restrictions on household mixing indoors while the rule of six continues to apply outdoors. In these areas, social mixing is banned both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as a restaurant. The UK has recorded another 174 coronavirus deaths and 23,012 more cases in the latest 24-hour period. Get the latest coronavirus news - sign up for the Echo newsletter Send it to me Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Government and local authority officials are reportedly considering tougher new restrictions if the three tier system has not made a difference by mid-November. On Saturday the ECHO reported that coronavirus cases had started to fall in Liverpool, 10 days after the Liverpool City Region went into Tier 3 on October 14. According to iNews, discussions are now underway between government officials for a plan B to tackle the second wave of Covid-19, which could see a "Tier Three-plus" or a "Tier Four" imposed in England. Whitehall sources told the newspaper that it would be clear by mid-November whether the current Tier 3 restrictions had made any difference to daily case numbers and if extra regulations were necessary. Extra Tier 3 or Tier 4 restrictions, which are reportedly being discussed but have not been decided, could include shutting restaurants and non-essential retailers such as clothes shops. Enter your postcode for the latest coronavirus cases where you live Other options under consideration include the possibility of short-term local circuit breaker lockdowns to bring the R value of transmission below 1. According to the latest data, a total of 2,715 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Liverpool in the week up to October 20, giving a weekly rate of 545.1 cases per 100,000 people. Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here.