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Warrington moves into the third stage two days early because the infection rate remains "stubbornly high".


The town of Warrington, which is between Liverpool and Manchester, will enter the Tier 3 lockdown 48 hours earlier than expected. New restrictions will be introduced on Tuesday.

The measures that will reconcile it with the two cities seated on either side came after talks between the government and the council, chairman Russ Bowden of which said it was the "necessary and proportionate move."

Closing pubs and betting shops are among the tightened restrictions that should come into effect on Thursday.

Residents are also advised not to travel outside of the north Cheshire city and stay in other parts of the UK.

But officials have successfully negotiated to keep leisure centers, gyms, fitness centers, beauty salons, hairdressers and trampoline parks open.

About 15 people have died at Warrington Hospital after contracting the virus in the past three days.

The city of Warrington, which sits between Liverpool and Manchester, will enter Tier 3 lockdown 48 hours earlier than expected. New restrictions will be introduced on Tuesday

A map shows where Warrington is in relation to Liverpool and Manchester, which also have Tier 3 lockdown restrictions

A map shows where Warrington is in relation to Liverpool and Manchester, which also have Tier 3 lockdown restrictions

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR DIFFERENT LOCKDOWN ANIMALS?

LEVEL ONE

Tier 1 restrictions reflect the restrictions already in place across England.

These include the rule of six, a curfew at 10 p.m., group sports that can only be played outdoors, and a maximum of 15 guests at wedding ceremonies.

ANIMAL TWO

Level two restrictions mean that people are prohibited from interacting with anyone outside their household or assisting bubbles indoors

Two households are allowed to meet in a private garden and in public outdoor areas as long as the rule of six and social distancing is observed.

Traders – such as plumbers and electricians – can still go to work in a household.

ANIMAL THREE

Restaurants can be open, but only until 10 p.m.

Pubs and bars must be closed unless they also function as a restaurant.

This definition extends to pubs that sell "bulky" meals that, like restaurants, are allowed to stay open, but only serve alcohol to people eating a meal.

Locals are advised to leave their areas only for important travel such as work, education, or health and to return before the end of the day.

Overnight stays by people outside these "high-risk areas" are also prohibited. Households are not allowed to mix indoors or outdoors.

Cllr Bowden said, “We know our case numbers remain stubbornly high in Warrington, but more importantly, the number of hospital admissions.

“The troubling and gritty reality is that there are more people in the hospital, more people in intensive care beds, and more people infected with the virus, and we must do everything we can to get this under control.

“Entering Tier 3 is one of the many important steps we as a city must take to reduce the transmission of the virus.

“Please continue to do whatever you can to play your role: wash your hands, keep your distance from other people outside your household, wear cloth, and isolate if you have symptoms, however mild Yourself and get tested right away.

"We must act together now to protect our elderly and vulnerable relatives and to support our hospital and its staff who are doing an excellent job."

As part of the Tier 3 transition, the Council secured a support package of £ 5.9 million, with £ 1.68 million for public health – including protection, testing and enforcement – and a further £ 4.2 million . GBP has been used to support businesses and jobs.

The move puts an additional 210,000 people into stricter restrictions and means more than 7.5 million Britons live under the toughest curbs.

Nearly 40 million people across the country will be locked down in some form if all measures are fully enforced next week.

The city in the northwest diagnosed 347 cases per 100,000 people in the week ending October 18. This is the 35th highest level in the country.

Data from Public Health England shows 730 people in the city tested positive, and health chiefs say cases are rising in older age groups.

It came after news broke that Manchester's NHS Nightingale Hospital will reopen next week when the city moves into Tier 3.

A local NHS chief announced yesterday that the makeshift hospital set up at Manchester Central Conference Center would be back on stream before the end of next week. It will be the first in England to reopen.

It had closed in June when the UK's first wave of the outbreak burned out, but there are now fears that local hospitals will again be inundated with Covid patients. The nightingale is not used to treat seriously ill people with coronavirus, but is opened to add capacity for "additional rehabilitation".

The city entered Tier 3 lockdown rules at midnight on Friday after a week of fighting between the government and Mayor Andy Burnham as the city has one of the highest infection rates in England.

Areas in England under Tier 3 Lockdown

Greater Manchester

Lancashire

Liverpool City Region

South Yorkshire

Warrington (from Tuesday)

Mr Burnham went to Manchester this week to meet Boris Johnson in person to "clear the air" as he said he did not want an "ongoing political argument" with the government.

The Labor Mayor had a bruised week after talks with ministers about moving Greater Manchester to Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions collapsed, leading Mr Johnson to unilaterally enforce the rules.

The two sides failed to reach an agreement after Mr Burnham first called for a £ 90m bailout for businesses before saying he could not accept less than £ 65m but the Prime Minister would go no more than £ 60m .

The failure to reach an agreement sparked a furious war of words, but Mr Burnham said this morning that he now wants to "put things on a better footing" as he claimed he was "misunderstood" down there in Westminster.

He later told MPs that the government still "has all the power and money" and that mayors will have to "get on their knees" with ministers to secure funding as he has called for decentralization to happen.

The chances of reestablishing relations seem slim, however, after Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg accused Mr Burnham of "playing party politics of the cheapest and most unpleasant kind".

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson this afternoon denied having gone to "war" with Mr Burnham and other local leaders, saying it was "not the case" and stressing that he had "great conversations" with politicians across the country guided.

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