• Blackpool and Lancashire placed in Tier 2 in new government alert system
  • Bar, restaurant and cafes remain open – must still close between 10pm and 5am
  • No indoor socialising with anyone you don’t live with (support bubble allowed)
  • You can meet others outdoors – if you follow the rule of six
  • If you have a garden you can now meet people in your garden
  • Leaders across Lancashire demand any new restrictions must come with more support

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.

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

Further information can be found at www.blackpool.gov.uk/Coronavirus

The press release in full can be found by clicking here.

More information is available via the government website.

Please remember the simple rules Hands: Washing hands often.

Face: Wear a face covering where required

Space: Keep 2 metres apart wherever possible

Isolate and get a test:  If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms