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Liverpool’s Tier 3 lockdown – what it could mean for Yorkshire’s hotspots

Written by on 12/10/2020

Liverpool City Region will be under Tier 3 restrictions with pubs, bars, gyms, casinos and adult gaming centres shut, it has been confirmed.

With Boris Johnson due to deliver a lockdown update later today, the announcement in Liverpool could reveal what parts of Yorkshire could expect as tougher rules are brought in to control the spread of coronavirus in areas with the highest infection rates.

A heatmap showed the whole of Yorkshire could be at risk of Tier Three restrictions – the most severe – which ban household mixing, closes pubs and bars and restricts travel outside the area to essential journeys only.

The latest figures show Sheffield, Leeds and Bradford have the highest coronavirus infection rates – which makes it likely Tier 3 rules could be applied in those areas.

In the Liverpool City Region, which includes Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Halton, the Army is being drafted in and the region is to receive a six-month package of financial government support as part of the Tier 3 restrictions, the Liverpool Echoreports.

On Friday afternoon, a new scheme was introduced by Chancellor Rishi Sunak to help those who may be forced to stop working.

It means workers will get 67% of their usual pay, up to a maximum of £2,100 a month, IF their employer is required to close their premises due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Dan Jarvis, the mayor of Sheffield City Region, and other northern leaders have sent an open letter to the government demanding a re-think of the furlough measures for those affected by the new lockdown rules.

Mr Jarvis said he and other mayors were told the financial package was ‘final and not open for negotiation’.

Local leaders say it isn’t nearly enough – and say they ‘cannot accept’ the plan.

This morning the Prime Minister will chair a meeting of the Government’s COBRA committee to finalise what will be announced in Parliament.

He will later host a press conference at Downing Street where he will be joined by Chancellor Rishi Sunak and England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty.

Downing Street said MPs would be asked to debate and vote on the three-tier measures next week.

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