Liverpool leaders confirm lockdown plan to shut down pubs, casinos, gyms and betting shops


Liverpool will enter the strictest ‘third tier’ of new anti-coronavirus restrictions to be announced shortly, its leaders have said after talks with the government.Leaders in the region said the government had decided that “pubs and bars, betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centers and gymnasiums would close.”

But they added that a broader economic support package had still not been agreed and that they also wanted a clear exit strategy from Level 3 measures.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set new measures on Monday to try to contain a growing coronavirus crisis, outlining three new alert levels to better coordinate
the government’s response under fire.

The north of England has been hit particularly hard by a new outbreak of coronavirus cases which has forced local lockdowns.

An impromptu party on Church Street before tougher lockdowns are expected

Downing Street has ruled that new measures and closures will apply to the Liverpool area, which includes the towns of Knowsley, Wirral, Sefton, St Helen’s and Halton, according to a joint statement from the leaders.

Liverpool executives have said the recently announced holiday program by Finance Minister Rishi Sunak was inadequate.

“Businesses in the region, especially those in the hospitality industry and those that serve it, will be damaged and many will suffer long-term damage or close permanently,” they said.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson

The statement added that city leaders agreed with the government to remain in dialogue to establish a “mutually acceptable” financial support program to mitigate the impact of the new “level 3” restrictions.

“We also need a clear definition of the Level 3 exit strategy,” the statement said.

If an effective local set of tracking, traceability and isolation with the necessary funds to support it, cooperation on data, local control and guaranteed supplies and resources required, also met their requirements.

People dance around a busker in Liverpool

The joint declaration was signed by Mr Rotheram, as well as by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, Cllr Rob Polhill, Head of Halton Council, Cllr Graham Morgan, Knowsley Council, Cllr Ian Maher, Sefton Council, Cllr David Baines, St Helens Council, and Cllr Janette Williamson, Wirral Council.

Mr Anderson tweeted on Sunday evening that leaders “didn’t agree on anything,” but ministers confirmed there would be “no buts” to the decision.

“We didn’t agree on anything, we were told that’s what the government intends to do without” but “, he said.

“Me and all the CA leaders and @MetroMayorSteve did not accept anything, we tried to obtain financial support to protect our businesses and support our region. ”

Liverpool recorded 2,981 cases in the week to October 8, a rate of 598 per 100,000, while nearby Knowsley is the second worst-hit location in England with a rate of 669.

Revelers take to the streets of Liverpool as police patrol on horseback

Huge crowds of revelers took to the streets of Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Leeds on Sunday evening – what could be the last in months.

The Night Time Industries Association, the British Beer and Pub Association and other groups say the transmission of the virus suppressed by the closing of theaters is not based on any “hard scientific evidence”.

Sacha Lord, Greater Manchester’s nocturnal economics adviser, is leading the challenge and called on Downing Street to produce supporting scientific evidence.


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