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Coronavirus: Lancashire To Move Into Tier 3

  • As Greater Machester Locks In Disagreement With Downing Street

As the struggle to control the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in the country continue, the latest area to move into Tier 3 in England’s lockdown restriction is Lancashire.

Sky reports that there is a discussion between local leaders and Westminster concerning the financial package, however, the government is expected to announce the decision within hours.

Currently, the only region in tier 3 is Liverpool City as government battle with local leaders in Greater Manchester to up the region to the highest level of COVID-19 restriction.

Under tier 3, households cannot mix indoors, or in private gardens. Rule of six still applies in outdoor spaces including parks. Pubs and bars which don’t serve meals will be closed.

From on Saturday, 12.01 am, a large part of the country – London, Essex, Borrow-in-Furness, Elmbridge, York, North East Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will have their COVID-19 restrictions tightened.

Thurrock and Southend in Essex are exempted from the new measures because they are unitary authorities.

Under tier 2, households are not expected to mix indoor or outdoors. The “rule of six” still applies in outdoor settings and people are advised to limit their journeys where possible

Meanwhile, the government is in battle with local leaders in Manchester as the north “unanimously opposed” the plans to move the region into Tier 3.

Downing Street officials and local leaders in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on new COVID-19 rules on Thursday.

The leaders believed there was no need to add a new set of restrictions as the current ones were working and needed more time, Mr Gannon said.

Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham described the government move as “flawed and unfair”.