The government’s new three-tier alert system will see the whole of Lancashire placed under Tier 2 restrictions. The county has been classified as ‘high alert’ as leaders battle to drive Covid-19 cases down.
These fresh rules will come into force from Wednesday (October 14), and will cover the whole of the county including Blackpool, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.
Lancashire leaders won a last-minute reprieve from government, meaning that bars and pubs will not be closed in the county yet. However, that could all change with the government warning it is ‘highly likely’ that some or all of Lancashire will be put into the most severe Tier 3 soon.
Currently, the Liverpool City region is the only place in England which has been classed as ‘very high’ alert level, in Tier 3. If the picture does change for Lancashire, the county’s leaders are calling for a full package of support for the county’s residents and businesses if any additional restrictions are introduced.
Every borough is subject to the Tier 2 rules, meaning that any indoor socialising is banned across Lancashire. Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Lancashire County Council’s director of public health, said “We have had restrictions on our lives since March and we are all tired, but with infections on the rise it is now more important than ever that we play our part to prevent its spread.
“Lives are at stake here, and it could be the lives of the people closest to you. The most important thing you can do when you interact with people you don’t live with is to keep your distance. Combined with regular handwashing and wearing a mask this vastly reduces your risk of getting infected or passing it on if you have it. I’ve got a simple message – hands, face, space actually works. Please follow it to protect you and those you love”.
West Lancashire rate of new cases in the seven days to October 9398.9; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 9 (456); rate of new cases in the seven days to October 241.5; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to October 2. (276).