As Preston and Lancashire enters into new restrictions today as part of tier-two then talks are continuing about whether further coronavirus restrictions are needed.Advertisement
Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out on Monday the government’s new three-tier system of medium, high and very high Covid area alert levels.
Only the Liverpool City Region was placed into very high – with Preston and Lancashire in tier-two.
This meant a slight relaxing of the rules for the city in terms of meeting outdoors, but a toughening up of rules about not meeting other households anywhere indoors – including in hospitality venues.
Preston has one of the highest coronavirus infection rates in England, with other areas of Lancashire inside the top 10 places for infection rates, according to latest Public Health England figures.
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Negotiations between Lancashire County Council, the county’s two unitary authorities in Blackburn and Blackpool, as well as the district authorities such as Preston and South Ribble with central government are continuing.
Here’s what’s being said about Lancashire following Liverpool into tier-three restrictions which would see pubs and bars close as well as tougher regulations stopping households mixing.
County council leader Geoff Driver was on BBC Breakfast during Wednesday morning, the show included a segment with Preston Market traders too.
Cllr Driver had already said he felt it was only a matter of time until the county faced tougher restrictions.
He took this a step further saying it was ‘inevitable’ for tier-three restrictions.
The focus is on how Lancashire and Greater Manchester seem to be on different paths.
LancsLive report on how Greater Manchester’s metro mayor, Andy Burnham, is fighting to keep the city out of tougher restrictions.
Which is in contrast to Cllr Driver who appears to be ready to accept tougher restrictions – as long as funding packages are in place.
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Paul Faulkner, Lancashire’s local democracy reporter, had full details of exactly what Lancashire’s politicians are asking for from government.
He sets out details of the funding packages needed for the county to accept tougher restrictions and tier-three.
His report also notes communities secretary Robert Jenrick has been on record saying no areas in England will move from tier-two to tier-three this week.
Director of public health for Lancashire, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi was on BBC Lancashire’s breakfast show this morning with Graham Liver to discuss the new restrictions.
He told the station more support was needed from the government if it did want to move the county into tier-three restrictions.
During this morning an opinion piece from councillor Matthew Brown, leader of Preston City Council, joined Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer’s calls for a national ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown.
Cllr Brown, writing exclusively for Blog Preston, went into detail on how he believes local authorities should receive more funding and powers to be able to tackle local infection rates.
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