New Liverpool lockdown restrictions mean that people will be banned by law from mixing indoors with different households from Friday night at midnight (2 October).

Health Secretary Matt Hancock made the announcement in the Commons this morning, making Liverpool one of four additional North of England areas now under increased restrictions. Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough will also face the same restrictions.

Liverpool’s infection rate has risen to 268 per 100,000 population, which means that rules announced for the North East will now be extended here.

Liverpool Lockdown Restrictions – The Details

No social mixing between people in different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality (such as beer gardens).

A recommendation that people only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances.

A recommendation that people should not attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators.

Guidance against all but essential travel. Essential travel includes going to work or school.

The new rules apply to the whole Liverpool City Region – Liverpool, Wirral, Sefton, Knowsley, St Helens and Halton.

Hancock said that Childcare support bubbles guidance will be the same as in the North East meaning that Childcare bubbles will be able to form in areas of intervention to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household, as long as they are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements. People in support bubbles in these areas can also continue to meet in any setting.

The Government will provide £7 million to local authorities in these regions to support them, which will be of some relief to the city.

In Matt Hancock’s full address he said:

“We recommend against all social mixing between people in different households.

“We will bring in regulations, as we have in the North East, to prevent in law social mixing between people in different households in all settings, except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality.

“We also recommend that people should not attend professional or amateur sporting events as spectators in the areas that are affected.

“We recommend that people only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances, and there will be guidance against all but essential travel – essential travel of course includes going to work or school.”

The news will come as a big blow to the hospitality industry, which will now have to rely on same households eating and drinking out. And it’s a further blow for the music and arts industry who have already suffered from a lack of Government support throughout the pandemic.

For further information visit the Liverpool City Council website – https://liverpool.gov.uk/communities-and-safety/emergency-planning/coronavirus/

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