Blackpool moves into "very high" Covid alert level


  • Bars and pubs to close tonight, other venues from Monday
  • No socialising with people indoors unless you live with them or they’re in your support bubble
  • Government pledges additional support for businesses and residents
  • People 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
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area 


Blackpool has been moved into the "very high" Covid alert level by the government.


It means that there will be significant additional restrictions on people and businesses across the entire area. Pubs and bars are to close from 00.01 on Saturday and residents will only be allowed to socialise with people they live with or those in their social bubble in any indoor setting or private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.


From 00.01 on Monday, the following venues will also close:  


  • Licensed clubs
  • Adult gaming centres  
  • Bingo halls  
  • Casinos   
  • Bookmakers and betting shops
  • Children's soft play centres


Car boot sales will also be prohibited, and universities are being asked to move to remote learning where possible.


The decision is accompanied by a support package for Lancashire to help minimise the impact on Lancashire's businesses and residents. New, local arrangements and funding will also be introduced for test and trace to give Lancashire more control of the contact tracing process.


Further information can be found at


The press release in full can be found by clicking here.



A statement from Cllr Lynn Williams, Blackpool Council Leader, can be found here.


More information is available via the government website.




Please remember the simple rules


Washing hands often


Wear a face covering where required


Keep 2 metres apart wherever possible

Isolate and get
a test

If you are showing COVID-19 symptoms