Health Secretary announces latest lockdown development
Residents of Liverpool city region and Warrington have been told they must no longer mix with other households indoors in the latest local lockdown development.
Health secretary Matt Hancock announced the decision earlier this morning.
Liverpool and Knowsley currently have the highest covid infection rates in England
Residents in the region (along with Teeside) will be breaking the law if they mix with other households, at home or in pubs, bars or restaurants. Regulations prevent social mixing between people from different households in all settings EXCEPT outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality.
Recommends not attending pro or amateur outdoor sports events as spectators. Guidance against all but essential travel e.g. you can go to work or school.
The government has not yet confirmed when these restrictions will come into place.
BREAKING: New restrictions on households mixing in Liverpool City Region and Warrington. Govt will make it an offence in law for households to mix apart from in outside public spaces. But there are NO new restrictions on pubs and restaurants. This is what Matt Hancock said: pic.twitter.com/wcNeuBkJ0S
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) October 1, 2020
Hancock 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 different households in all settings except outdoor public spaces like parks and outdoor hospitality.”
He also promised financial support to local councils in these areas to the tune of £7m.
Liverpool and Knowsley currently have the highest covid infection rates in England. In Liverpool, there are 268 cases per 100,000 people, he said. The Liverpool City Region covers Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral as well as Liverpool City Centre. Bootle, Crosby and Southport are also subject to the new rules.
But no virus or Government measure is going to dampen Liverpool's sense of humour.
The Government have enforced local lockdown rules in the Kirkdale & Walton areas & have stated no more than 6 Liverpool supporters together at any given time.
I havn't seen 6 fuckin Liverpool supporters together in Kirkdale or Walton since I made my Holy Communion in 1978👍
— Blue Nose Bob 🕗 (@CHICKEN1878) October 1, 2020