COVID-19 in Liverpool: Getting ready for another lockdown

Ahead of governmental agreements, the Liverpool city region is gearing up for yet another lockdown following the prevailing of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Liverpool city region will be going under lockdown again. This lockdown amidst the COVID-19 pandemic will exercise third-tier restrictions, which officials deem to be the strictest one yet. Consequently, the news comes after the governmental talks regarding the growth of pandemic numbers in the city.

The ‘third-tier’ lockdown

The government decided that further measures and closures will apply to Liverpool City Region, its leaders, including Mayor Steve Rotheram, said in a joint statement:

“Pubs and bars; betting shops, casinos, and adult gaming centers and gyms will close.”

It will go into the strictest third-tier of new anti-coronavirus restrictions to be announced immediately by Britain. Its leaders said late on Sunday after talks with the British government.

Restrictions due to COVID-19

After the region’s leaders announced stringent third-tier coronavirus lockdown restrictions, there will be several things you can’t do in the Liverpool City Region.

The third-tier will bring a range of restrictions across Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and Halton.

Knowsley has the second-highest coronavirus rate in its country, hiking up from 485.9 to 669.5, with 1,010 new cases. Consequently, Liverpool is in third place, where the status has increased from 504.4 to 598.5, with 2,981 new points.

Steve Rotheram, the Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, released a statement on the matter. Simultaneously, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson plus local authority leaders in the boroughs confirms: “The government has decided that the following further measures will apply to the Liverpool City Region.”

What does ‘third-tier’ consist of?

The following establishments will close, meaning members of the public will not be able to visit.

  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Gyms
  • Betting shops
  • Casinos
  • Adult gaming centers

Reports suggest that people will have to avoid all non-essential travel and not travel between areas, but this has yet to be confirmed.

Steve Rotheram, mayor of the Liverpool city region, said discussions on new measures had been going on “all night.”

What lies ahead of the lockdown

The mayor told BBC Breakfast, “We’re continuing to try and find the fine detail that will give us some comfort that, one, we can go to our nearly two million residents in the Liverpool city region and explain to them what it is that we’ve negotiated on their behalf, but also we wanted some surety from the government that if we hit some of the milestones on the way, we can come out of Tier 3 very quickly.”

Mr. Rotherham added a “sunset clause” after four weeks of restrictions, measuring progress, but the meaning of that is not yet known.

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