Warrington will be going into Tier 3 two days earlier than expected after the case numbers remain “stubbornly high”.

Council leader Russ Bowden said it was the “necessary and proportionate thing to do” following the death of 15 people in Warrington hospital in the last three days.

The measures were moved forward following talks between the Labour run council and government.

The infection rate in Warrington is currently 354 cases per 100,000 people – compared with the national average of 190.

The new restrictions mean residents will be advised against travelling outside the area and there will remain a ban on household mixing, reports the Manchester Evening News.

It also means pubs will have to close unless they’re serving “substantial meals” and casinos, betting shops and soft play areas will close.

Gyms, leisure centres and hairdressers can remain open.

Local leaders agreed a financial settlement worth £5.9m.

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Councillor Bowden said: “We know that our case numbers in Warrington remain stubbornly high, but what is more concerning is the number of admissions into hospital.

“The upsetting and grim reality is that there are more people in hospital, more people in intensive care beds and more people being taken by the virus, and we need to do all we can to try to bring this under control.

“Moving into tier 3 is one of many important steps we need to take as a town to try and reduce transmission of the virus.

“Please keep doing all you can to play your part: wash your hands, keep your distance from others not in your household, wear a cloth face covering and if you have any symptoms, however mild, self-isolate and get tested immediately.

“We need to act together, and now, to protect our elderly and vulnerable loved ones, and to support our hospital and their staff who are doing a tremendous job.”

Warrington’s infection rate is currently 354 cases per 100,000 people

The council has been given £5.9m to support the extra restrictions, with £1.68 million allocated to public health and£4.2 million to be used for business and employment support.

Hartlepool, Nottingham, Bassetlaw and Sunderland are most at risk of being plunged into a stricter Tier 3 coronavirus lockdown, new analysis suggests.

They take the top five places in a study that aims to predict the areas that could soon be put under the Covid-19 lockdown tier with the harshest restrictions.

The top 10, compiled by the Covid Symptom Study app, is rounded out by Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Bradford, Gateshead and County Durham.



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