WARRINGTON will be plunged into Tier 3 lockdown two days early as 15 die in hospital.
The case rate in Warrington is currently 354 cases per 100,000 people – compared with the national average of 190.
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Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the "necessary and proportionate thing to do" after 15 people died over the past three days.
Local leaders in Warrington agreed a deal for the new measures today, with the tightened rules to come into force just after midnight on Thursday morning.
Warrington Borough Council said it had agreed £5.9 million in coronavirus support as it will be pushed into Tier 3.
Mr Bowden said: "Across Warrington, we have seen our case numbers remain stubbornly high, with more people being admitted to hospital and, upsettingly, more people being taken by the virus.
"As we approach winter, we need to take urgent action to drive down the number of coronavirus cases in our town."
He also said: "Moving into tier 3 is one of many important steps we need to take as a town to try and reduce transmission of the virus."
WARRINGTON TIER 3: WHAT YOU CAN DO
Here’s what you can’t do in Warrington under Tier 3 restrictions…
- You cannot socialise with anybody you don’t live with, unless you have formed a household or childcare support bubble, in any indoor setting or venue – including homes or restaurants.
- You cannot socialise with anybody you don’t live with, unless you have formed a household or childcare support bubble, in any private garden, or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.
- You cannot socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space, like parks.
- Pubs and bars that do not serve substantial meals as a restaurant, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, must also close.
- You can't go to betting offices, soft play centres or casinos.
- You should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK
It come as soldiers will be drafted in to tier three lockdown zones to enforce coronavirus rules as cases rise around the UK.
The British Army will support some of the country's worst-hit regions – and on Friday, five environmental health officers trained in 'outbreak management' from both the Army and Navy were deployed in Liverpool.
The team will help track down clusters of infections, help control outbreaks, and enforce Covid rules against businesses breaking the law.
It's understood more officers will be moved in tier three areas – which include Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire – in the coming weeks.
WARRINGTON TIER 3: WHAT YOU CAN DO
Warrington Council has agreed a range of exemptions as part of the support package for moving into tier 3. This means…
- You can still go to leisure centres, gyms, fitness centres, beauticians, hairdressers and trampoline centres which are Covid secure.
- You can still make essential journeys but should avoid travelling outside Warrington wherever possible.
- Children can still go to school
The strict new measures mean bars and pubs that cannot serve meals will have to close from next week.
And people will not be able to meet up with people from other households indoors, in any private garden, or at most outdoor venues and ticketed events.
Casinos, betting shops and soft play areas will also be forced to shut.
The restrictions are also expected to be introduced in Nottingham, although they have not yet been confirmed there.
Despite a fall in the number of cases in Nottingham, major hospitals were forced to postpone surgeries last night and local leaders said they were in discussions with the Government over fresh restrictions.
The infection rate in Nottingham has plummeted by a third in one week, in a hopeful sign things could be improving.
The number of cases per 100,000 fell a shocking height of 926.7 cases in the week up to October 11 to 610.1 in the week to October 18.
There were also mounting fears of the North East being thrown into Tier 3, but talks with the Government were paused after case rates fallen.
Data from the Public Health England surveillance report show the fall, however, is minimal – down from 293 cases per 100,000 to 253.
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