Non-essential stores, hairdressers and gyms are set to open, but the county faces tough restrictions.
At 12:01 p.m. tomorrow morning (December 2) all of Lancashire will be plunged back into level 3, with pubs, restaurants, soft play centers, adult play centers, casinos, licensed clubs and a crowd of other entertainment venues remaining closed as the country begins to open up.
While Lancashire’s 14 districts face the toughest localized measures, border counties have been placed at level 2.
The biggest difference between the two levels is that at Level 2, bars, pubs, and restaurants can reopen – as long as customers have a “substantial meal” when they visit.
They must also adhere to all previous Covid-Safe guidelines such as table service, only be in groups of six or less, and wear a mask when traveling.
But at level 3, pubs and restaurants remain closed – unless they sell take-out food and drink.
The new government guidelines – which will be voted on this week by MPs – tell people living at Level 3 to avoid upgrading to Level 2, unless their travel is for business purposes or otherwise essential.
This means that people living in villages such as Great Altcar in West Lancashire will not be able to cross the border at Formby to go for a meal or for non-essential purposes.
Likewise, residents of other West Lancashire villages such as Barton, Tarleton and Scarisbrick should not travel the short distance to the larger town of Southport despite being neighbors.
Despite being only two miles away, residents of Aghton are also urged to avoid traveling to neighboring Maghull on Merseyside.
Across the county, residents of northern Lancashire villages such as Silverdale, Yealand Storrs, Yealand Redmayne and Yealand Redmayne, should not visit Arnside for recreation.
Likewise, the villages of East Lancashire, which border parts of Yorkshire, will be discouraged from crossing the county limits for reasons other than those listed by the government.
For example, residents of Bacup will not have to travel to Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
For those who live in Earby, Colne, Nelson and other surrounding villages, a visit to Skipton, which is on Level 2, will also be prohibited outside of those traveling for essential reasons.
When Skipton’s adviser Robert Heseltine was asked if someone at Level 3 was supposed to pass for a pint and a meal after December 2, he jokingly replied, “The guards will shoot you on sight.”
The retired farmer told YorkshireLive residents of the most difficult lockdown areas – some of them a short walk from Lancashire – will NOT be welcome in Skipton.
The outspoken adviser said: ‘Why on earth, in a global pandemic that has killed tens of thousands of Britons, would you want to come to Skipton and have fun at such a dire time?
“The good advice is to stay home. ”
Level 3 restrictions are expected to be reviewed every two weeks – with the first review scheduled for December 16.
Until then, the full travel rules for people living in these areas, as per government guidelines, are as follows:
“Avoid traveling outside of your region, including overnight stays, except when necessary, such as:
- for work
- for education
- to access volunteer, charitable or youth services
- due to benevolent responsibilities
- to move
- to visit your help tip
- for a medical appointment or treatment
“If necessary, you can travel through other regions as part of a longer trip.
“If you live in a level 3 area, you must continue to follow the level 3 rules when going to a level 1 or 2 area. You must not stay with people you do not live with elsewhere in the country. UK or visit their home (unless you share a support bubble). ”
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