As coronavirus infection rates continue to increase in Preston, and Lancashire, further lockdown restrictions are being considered.Advertisement
The government is understood to be considering the closure of pubs and restaurants in the worst-affected Covid-19 areas.
A three-tier system for local lockdowns is also being mooted, tidying up differing restrictions in different places – and moving to a traffic-light style system.
Preston currently has an infection rate of 306.7 per 100,000 – the second-highest in Lancashire – and putting it just outside the England top 10 for infection rates.
Here’s what’s being reported about any potential new restrictions, which the BBC states could be announced on Monday (12 October).
BBC Breakfast saw communities secretary Robert Jendrick say the government is ‘currently considering what steps to take’.
The worst-affected areas could also see a ban on overnight stays away from home.
Laura Kuenssberg’s analysis touches on the battles between the Department of Health and the Treasury over the course of action needed.
Reporting that the Prime Minister is poised to shut pubs and restaurants in large parts of ‘the North of England from Monday’.
Health secretary Matt Hancock is understood to have told hospitality industry chiefs that a large proportion of new cases are contracted in pubs and restaurants.
Read more: See where Preston’s coronavirus hotspot areas are
Apparently ’10 million Northerners’ will be put into tougher local lockdown restrictions.
They state the ‘traffic light’ system has been signed off by the PM and say Manchester, Liverpool and Newcastle are all expected to be included.
Read more: Penwortham bar shuts temporarily following two confirmed Covid-19 cases
Communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, is quoted again – this time saying local lockdowns are having a limited effect in England.
The piece goes on to say tough new restrictions are being discussed for large parts of northern England.
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Councils are apparently ‘in the dark’ over any new restrictions for Lancashire, Tom Earnshaw reports.
It states the Lancashire Resilience Forum is not preparing any briefings at this stage about a change in restrictions.
The focus is on the shutting of pubs, and the calls for a ‘circuit breaker’ national lockdown – with half-term being pin-pointed as a potentisal option.
Preston City Council’s leader councillor Matthew Brown has been featured as part of a Huffington Post piece by Aasma Day looking at what northern political leaders make of the coronavirus pandemic – and how the government has handled it.
Cllr Brown said people were ‘confused’ and everything was ‘very last minute’.
He repeated calls for local councils to be given more resources and more responsibility to help drive down local cases.
Read more: Two Preston food outlets given ‘closure’ notices for breaching curfew restrictions
BBC North West Tonight
The region’s television show had a 30-minute Covid-19 special, followed by a Facebook Live Q&A, during Wednesday evening – asking why the North West’s Covid-19 infections were so high in comparison to the rest of the UK. You can watch it below
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