Lancashire has been placed into the ‘very high risk’ tier of the Government’s new local Covid alert levels.
There has now been official confirmation of this position and the Government announcement is here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/local-covid-alert-level-update-for-lancashire
I understand from the Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council Denise Park that It was made very clear to Lancashire Leaders by the government that we would have to accept going into Tier 3 due to the high number of cases in the borough and the increasing strain on our health system. Through united effort Lancashire leaders have been able to get some extra support and one of these is that that our leisure centres and gyms can still open and operate. They have also secured additional funding. You can read a statement from the leader of the Council here:https://theshuttle.org.uk/blackburn-with-darwen-moves-to-tier-3/
The new restrictions mean that from 17 October:
- People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
- People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
- All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals
- People should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
- Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area
In addition, following discussions with local leaders it was agreed that from Monday 19 October:
- the adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas must close
- car boot sales would not be permitted
The full details can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-lancashire The ‘baseline’ measures for ‘very high alert level can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high
These measures will be reviewed every 14 days to consider whether they are still appropriate.
The Council is working through the new regulations and will update as soon as they can. They will be keeping their website up to date: www.blackburn.gov.uk
The government announcement states: “To support the local authority during this period, the government will be providing a support package worth £12 million. The government will also establish a dedicated, ministerial-led taskforce with additional funding to work with Lancashire leaders to support local businesses to recover over the coming 6 months.”
Once we have any further information about we will let you know.