In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (except Blackpool and Greater Manchester) regulations will apply the following restrictions Tuesday September 22 :
- 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; and
- 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.
These decisions were made in close collaboration with local leaders, and many of them called for restrictions to avoid a further increase.
Confirmed cases have exploded in the region in recent weeks – Liverpool, Knowsley and St Helens all surpassing the rate of 100 infections per 100,000 population.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson told BBC Breakfast this morning that he expected the government to impose similar measures on Liverpool which were imposed in the North East on Thursday.
He said: “What worries me is that if we don’t tackle the measures now, we will be heading into winter, Christmas time, where we could be in a really difficult position not only here. but all over the country. ”
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Merseyside is not the only place affected by new measures today, with the Health Secretary also announcing new restrictions for large parts of Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the Midlands.
Mr Hancock said:
“We are seeing coronavirus cases increasing rapidly 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.
“I urge locals 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.
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“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. ”
As the government currently tries to limit restrictions to specific local areas, the growing rate of cases across the country has prompted discussion of a possible second national lockdown.
Senior scientists from the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage) and the Pandemic Influenza Scientific Group on Modeling (Spi-m) have suggested that another, shorter lockdown should coincide with mid-term to minimize the disruptions in schools, the Financial Times reported.
But Boris Johnson told MPs he wanted to avoid a second lockdown in England, saying it would be “completely wrong for this country”.