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Tier 2 introduced in Blackpool in government’s new COVID alert system

The government has announced its new coronavirus alert system and has placed Blackpool and Lancashire in Tier 2 – meaning that coronavirus levels are high.
This applies across the wider Lancashire area, which comprises the Lancashire County Council, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen areas and is expected to come in later this week after being debated in parliament.

It means that – for now – bars and pubs will not be closed in the county, but negotiations are ongoing, and government is particularly worried about the very high infection rates and hospital admissions in parts of Lancashire.

  • Blackpool and Lancashire placed in Tier 2 in new government alert system
  • Bars, pubs, restaurants to remain open
  • Leaders across Lancashire demand any new restrictions must come with more support
  • New rules mean no indoor socialising in Lancashire
  • You can meet others outdoors – if you follow the rule of six

The government has announced its new coronavirus alert system and has placed Blackpool and Lancashire in Tier 2 – meaning that coronavirus levels are high. This applies across the wider Lancashire area, which comprises the Lancashire County Council, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen areas and is expected to come in later this week after being debated in parliament.

It means that – for now – bars and pubs will not be closed in the county, but negotiations are ongoing, and government is particularly worried about the very high infection rates and hospital admissions in parts of Lancashire.

Government has warned it is highly likely that some or possibly all of Lancashire will be put into the most severe Tier 3 soon. Lancashire’s leaders are clear that any additional restrictions must be accompanied by a full package of support for the county’s residents and businesses.

Being in Tier 2 means any indoor socialising is banned across Lancashire. That means you can’t meet up with anyone you don’t live with, whether in your home, a bar or restaurant, or any other social setting – unless they are part of your bubble.

You can meet people outside, in places like parks and beer gardens, but you must abide by the rule of six – and you must keep your distance. If you’ve got a garden at your home, you can now have people there.

Those in Tier 3 cannot socialise with anyone outside their household in their own garden.

Dr Arif Rajpura, Blackpool Council’s Director of Public Health, said: “I have said it before many times and I will say it again as I can’t stress how important this is, lives are at risk.

“Cases are now rising quickly across the country and Blackpool is not immune to this. We need to act now. If for some reason you had become a little complacent please let this message be the one that gets through to you to protect you and your loved ones.

“The rules are now simple; the risk is also high. Please keep your distance from people you do not live with, wash your hands often, and wear a face mask.

“We have marginally avoided going into the highest risk category with much harsher measures, we want it to stay like that. Whether you are a resident, visitor or business in Blackpool, at this critical point in the pandemic we all need to join together and put up a real fight against this virus.”

The new system will be debated in parliament on Tuesday 13 October, with the tiers expected to be introduced on Wednesday.

More information is available via the gov.uk website at www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-announces-new-local-covid-alert-levels