More parts of the North West have now moved into Tier 3 - 'very high alert' level Covid-19 restrictions.
The restrictions came into place in the early hours for Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington, joining Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen, and Blackpool who were already in Tier 3.
What you cannot do under Tier 3 restrictions:
No household mixing indoors or outdoors, except in parks/public gardens
All hospitality venues closed, except for takeaways and deliveries
Avoid travel out of area
All accommodation/entertainment venues closed
All retail, leisure and personal care services are able to reopen
Places of worship can remain open
The Government's key criteria for assessing tiers:
1. case detection rates in all age groups
2. case detection rates in the over 60s
3. the rate at which cases are rising or falling
4. positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
5. pressure on the NHS
Responding to the government’s decision to move Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington into Tier 3, council leaders acknowledged the additional restrictions had become necessary and were ‘deeply disappointed’ to see the recent acceleration of rates of infection.