Warrington has become the latest area in England to be pushed into Tier 3 lockdown, after a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the area.
The town – situated between Manchester and Liverpool – will be placed in to the tough new restrictions after it ranked as the 35th-worst hit place in England, according to government figures.
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When does Warrington go into Tier 3 lockdown?
Tier 3 restrictions will come into force from Thursday October 29, 2020 from 00.01.
Warrington council have strictly prohibited residents socialising with anybody from a different household, in any indoor setting, private garden or most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
Residents are also prohibited from socialising in a group of more than six in outdoor public spaces such as parks.
What does Tier 3 lockdown mean?
The following core restrictions apply to Tier 3- or very high on the Covid-alert system:
- Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant.
- Wedding receptions are not allowed.
- People must not meet anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, or at home or in a public space.
- The “Rule of Six” applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the ‘very high’ area they are in, or entering a ‘very high’ area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
- People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘very high’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a ‘very high’ area if they are resident elsewhere.
How has Warrington been affected by Covid-19?'
Warrington recorded 349 cases per 100,000 people in the week to 19 October.
The figure soars well above England's overall rate of 187.4 per 100,000 for the same period, but a slight drop on the previous week so far.
The Cheshire town also saw 10 further deaths from coronavirus in the last week – while hospital admissions to Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals rose by 10 in the seven days to 18 October on the previous week.
Local leaders agreed a financial settlement to enter Tier 3 lockdown with the government worth £5.9m.
Conservative MP for Warrington South, Andy Carter, said this was proportionate with the financial settlements for other tier three areas.
The council said £1.68m of the funding package would be allocated to supporting its public health response, including testing and enforcement.
It said £4.2m would be used for business and employment support.
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