Covid-19: Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions
Warrington is the latest area to move into the top tier of Covid-19 measures as infection rates continue to rise.
Tier three restrictions came into force at midnight in the Cheshire town – two days earlier than originally planned.
Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the right decision to move Warrington into the “very high” Covid alert level.
“This is a public health imperative. What we need to do is protect the lives of our residents,” he said.
“And – obviously alongside that – [it is about] protecting businesses and jobs here in the town”.
He added that one of the main concerns was the “way the cases have propagated into the older working age population and particularly those people above 60”.
Warrington, which is home to about 210,000 people, joins the Liverpool City Region, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and South Yorkshire in tier three.
Nottingham and parts of Nottinghamshire will move into the top tier from Thursday.
Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock said the decision to move Warrington into tier three was agreed with local leaders as “it’s time to take action” due to rising infection rates.
“Please remember – now is the time for us all to work together to get this virus under control,” he said.
The new rules mean:
– Residents must not socialise with anyone outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting – including homes and private gardens – or at most outdoor hospitality venues
– They must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space, such as parks
– Pubs and bars that do not serve substantial meals as a restaurant must close
– Residents are advised to avoid travelling outside the area, unless for essential journeys, such as work or caring responsibilities
– Betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres will also close
Mr Bowden told Radio 4’s Today programme that cases remained “stubbornly high” and he was worried about “Covid fatigue” with people unable to see a way out of the tougher restrictions.
He said: “There are no clear rules about what the success criteria are with the tiers and how you move between the different tiered layers.”
Mr Bowden added: “The vast majority of people have applied themselves to the rules and we are asking people again to step up and take responsibility for their actions to protect their loved ones. ”
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