Blackpool moves into "very high" Covid alert level
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:
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 www.blackpool.gov.uk/
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.
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