Joe Anderson fears the weekend before Tuesday’s lockdown measures

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Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson questioned why new restrictions for the city and the region as a whole would not be introduced until Tuesday – with coronavirus cases soaring.The government yesterday announced sweeping new measures that will be introduced for the region – including a ban on mixing households and new closing times for pubs and restaurants.

But Mayor Anderson said he feared people would choose to indulge in Liverpool for one last weekend before the new rules come into effect – which could have a devastating impact on the infection rate already on the rise in the city.

He said: “I think it shows yet again how disconnected the government is from the people, they are making up as they go.

“We have no idea why they are waiting until Tuesday for these measures to be introduced, our infection levels are really high now. ”

Liverpool’s coronavirus infection rate is now over 100 cases per 100,000.

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Mayor Anderson added, “We have been anticipating this for the past few weeks as our levels have increased, unfortunately too many people have broken the rules.

“We can’t afford to increase those levels so we’re worried about this weekend and what people might do.

“My message to everyone is that it’s not someone else’s problem, it’s our whole problem – your mom, dad or nan might get sick.

“We also know that another full national lockdown is being considered by the government if things get worse and it’s something everyone should want to avoid. ”

The new measures for the city and the entire Merseyside region as well as for Halton, Warrington and most of Lancashire are as follows:

  • Residents should not socialize with other people outside their own household or support the bubble in private homes and gardens
  • Hospitality for food and drink will be limited to table service only
  • Late night opening hours will be restricted, with places for leisure and entertainment, including restaurants, pubs and cinemas, to close between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Residents are also advised to use the following tips to further reduce infection rates:

  • Use public transport only for essential purposes, such as going to school or work
  • Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

Announcing the new measures yesterday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘We are seeing a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. Local leaders in these regions have called for tighter restrictions to be put in place to protect local populations, and we are taking decisive action to support them.

“I know these restrictions will make everyday life more difficult for many, but I know the residents will work together and follow the rules so that we can reduce transmission rates.

He added: ‘I urge local people to self-isolate and get tested if you have symptoms, follow the advice of the NHS Test and Trace and always remember’ hands, face, space ‘. By following these steps, we will succeed together. ”

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Health and Welfare added: “These decisions were made in close collaboration with local leaders, and many people have called for restrictions to avoid a further increase.

“Rates at Liverpool have increased to 100.6, with Warrington rising to 111.2, Oadby and Wigston to 145.5 and Wolverhampton to 61.8 per 100,000 last week (September 5-11).

“These changes are in addition to the ‘Rule of Six’ which was introduced nationwide on Monday, limiting the number of people who can gather indoors or outdoors to six. This rule is in place nationwide and will have additional restrictions in some countries. local areas. ”

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