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

Posted on - 16th October, 2020 - 11:59am | Author - | Posted in - Health, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News
A woman in Preston wears a face mask Pic: Joseph Gudgeon
A woman in Preston wears a face mask Pic: Joseph Gudgeon

Preston is facing a second change to coronavirus restrictions in the space of a few days.


The city has been upgraded to tier-three restrictions by the government in the new Local Covid Alert Levels.

Preston, and a number of other areas in Lancashire, have some of the highest coronavirus infection rates in England.

Tier-three means the city is classed as ‘very high’ risk. All areas of Lancashire have been moved into tier-three measures.

The restrictions below apply from 00.01 on Saturday (17 October).

The full restrictions are:

  • you must not socialise with anybody in any indoor setting, unless you live with them (i.e. your household) or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
  • pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees. However, wedding receptions are not allowed
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with), or for youth or disability sport
  • you should try to avoid travelling outside the very-high alert level area you are in or entering a very-high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
  • you should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very-high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very-high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere

Read more: Political leaders in Lancashire clash about the government’s tier-three deal

In addition, from 00.01 on Monday (19 October) the following additional restrictions also apply to Lancashire

  • The adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas must close
  • Car boot sales would not be permitted

The poster below is the government’s official, full, ‘very high’ alert guidance

The 'very high' area alert restrictions for coronavirus
The ‘very high’ area alert restrictions for coronavirus

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The UK-wide rules around wearing face coverings also continues, as do social distancing rules and the guideline to work from home where you can effectively do so.

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