Warrington will move into tier three restrictions from midnight tonight, the government has announced.
The restrictions mean residents in the area will not be able to mix with other households across any settings, and bars and pubs will be closed. People are also advised to avoid travelling outside the region for any reason other than work, education or caring responsibilities, the health ministry said.
The council will receive a £5,900.000 support package as part of the move, with £4,200,000 ring-fenced for struggling businesses.
Warrington Council leader Russ Bowden described the transmission rate in the area as ‘stubbornly high’ and said the rising number of hospital admissions was ‘concerning’.
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He said: ‘The upsetting and grim reality is that there are more people in hospital, more people in intensive care beds and more people being taken by the virus, and we need to do all we can to try to bring this under control.’
Local leaders have already struck a deal with the government to keep leisure centres, gyms, fitness centres, beauty parlours, hairdressers and trampoline centres open during tier three, Sky News reports.
However betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres will be ordered to close.
This week the council had warned parents to have ‘difficult conversations’ with their children and explain why they aren’t able to socialise with friends during the half-term break and Halloween festivities.
Cllr Matt Smith, cabinet member for children’s services, said they understood the break would be ‘challenging for parents and carers to keep children and young people entertained’ but emphasised that the restrictions were ‘vital’ to control the spread of the virus.
He continued: ‘If you have high school aged children who want to be out and about with their friends over half term, please have this difficult conversation with them, explaining why we must not lose focus and that we all need to continue to work together to follow the rules to keep everyone as safe as possible.’
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