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Many pubs in Preston close as tier-three restrictions kick in for Lancashire

Posted on - 17th October, 2020 - 8:45pm | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston News, Pubs
A closure notice in the window of The Bear's Paw in Church Street Pic: Tony Worrall
A closure notice in the window of The Bear’s Paw in Church Street Pic: Tony Worrall

A number of pubs in Preston city centre and around the city closed their doors as tier-three Covid-19 restrictions kicked in for the city and county.

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The Black Horse, one of the city’s most well-known pubs, was putting up the shutters on its three different entrances and exists into three different streets.

Elsewhere The Bear’s Paw in Church Street was also closing while the tier-three restrictions are in force.

A number of pubs have increased the size and range of their food menu, in an attempt to stay open.

Read more: What the Prime Minister had to say about Lancashire entering tier-three restrictions

The Black Bull Inn at Penwortham and Applejacks micro bar in Longridge both announced this week they were closing, as the tougher restrictions meant there was ‘no point’ remaining open.

Only members of the same household, or those within a support bubble, may attend a hospitality venue and they must only do so to have table-service food and drink.

Read more: These are the tier-three restrictions for Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire

The government moved Lancashire to the very high Covid alert level as infection rates continue to rise across the county.

Lancashire’s political leaders accepted a £42m funding package to agree to move into tier-three restrictions.

The windows of The Black Horse in Friargate being bordered up Pic: Tony Worrall
The windows of The Black Horse in Friargate being bordered up Pic: Tony Worrall

Tougher household mixing rules, the closure of non-food pubs and advice not to travel out of the tier-three areas are some of the new restrictions.

Lancashire’s tier-three restrictions are due to be reviewed after 28-days.

Covid figures for Preston

Latest figures for confirmed coronavirus cases showed 72 new cases for Saturday (17 October) in Preston, the second-highest increase in the county after Blackburn-with-Darwen.

South Ribble saw 61 new positive Covid-19 cases.

See the latest coronavirus stats and info for your area

Preston has one of the highest infection rates in England, within the top 20 in the country.

Read more: See the latest Preston news and headlines

How have you found the first day of the new tier-three restrictions? What’s been the main difference for you? Let us know in the comments below

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