New lockdown restrictions announced

Tighter lockdown restrictions affecting the North West will come into effect from tomorrow (Tuesday).

Residents can now no longer socialise with other households in their homes or gardens, and public transport is now recommended only for essential use, such as school and work.  

The new rules also state that all restaurants, pubs, cinemas and other leisure venues must close by 10pm, while hospitality venues must operate as table service only.

The restrictions affect all of Lancashire, but not the Blackpool area.

Councillor Alistair Bradley, Leader of Chorley Council, said: "This is going to be a challenging time for all of us, but it is something which has had to happen to ensure the safety of all across Lancashire. The rates across the region have been a concern for weeks and they are still on the rise.

"We’re all now going to have to work together now and do everything we can to help get the cases down. We appreciate it will be difficult and challenging times will be on the horizon, but it’s so important that we stick to the rules – it’s the only way we can tackle the pandemic."

Damian Waters, North West director of the CBI, added: "Businesses in the North West know public health must come first and have been doing all they can to keep staff and customers safe, whether it’s pubs, shops, factories or offices.

“This news will come as a bitter disappointment for many businesses across the North West, but the government cannot stand by as infection rates rise in the region.

"Taking action now can help to maintain confidence and avoid further restrictions on businesses and households in the months ahead. With the number of new local restrictions on the rise, the government will need to take an urgent look at the business support packages for the autumn, including a successor to the furlough scheme.”

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