An announcement by Matt Hancock this morning (Thursday 17 December) revealed that Preston would remain in tier-3.Advertisement
Due to Covid-19 cases rising in the last fortnight all of Lancashire is to continue with tier-3 restrictions.
This means that all hospitality venues, including pubs and restaurants are to stay closed for at least another two weeks but takeaways are still allowed.
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Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said: “We understand this decision by government will be greatly frustrating to our residents and businesses who have sacrificed so much this year in our fight against the virus.
“Unfortunately cases have not fallen to a sufficient degree to enable us to move down to Tier 2 and we’re especially concerned about rising case numbers in the over 60’s age group.
“As we live with these restrictions over the festive period I’d urge everyone to exercise caution if visiting loved ones to protect vulnerable people and reduce pressure on our health service. Winter is already a tough time for our NHS and any steps we can take to reduce the rate of infection will prevent our hospitals from becoming overwhelmed.”
Restrictions are due to change over the Christmas period for five days (23-27 December).
Up to three households will be able to mix indoors during this time.
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However, many believe this time frame should be cut to three days to lower the risk of infection.
Cllr Brown added: “We want to be in a strong position to leave Tier 3 as early as possible in the New Year. Our challenge is do everything we can to continue to lower the rates, in order to fully reopen our high street and support our hospitality sector.
“However at the same time, the onus is on government to demonstrate that that restrictions are fair and equitable and that the necessary support is in place for those industries must significantly affected by their decisions.”
Preston recorded 55 positive coronavirus tests yesterday (Wednesday 16 December).
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