The Liverpool City region has been moved out of Tier 2 and into Tier 3 after cases of coronavirus started to rise in the run up to Christmas.
Despite a mass testing scheme running across Merseyside which initially helped to bring the ‘R’ number down (rate of infection), cases have shot up across the region over the last two weeks.
Figures released by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram show that coronavirus cases in the Liverpool City Region which includes Liverpool, Wirral, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens, were at 87.8 per 100,000 of the population on the week ending December 3 but this has since risen to 206.1 per 100,000 by the week ending December 24.
Health secretary Matt Hancock announced to MPS in the House of Commons today that the Liverpool would be among many other areas being placed into Tier 3 and this will come into effect from 00.01am tomorrow morning (Thursday).
In Tier 3, people are discouraged from leaving their home, but they are allowed to visit covid-safe venues and non-essential shops.
Shops, hairdressers and beauty
In Tier 3 , essential retail stores including food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, pets shops, post offices, banks, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences will remain open.
Shops classed as ‘non-essential’ like clothes and homeware store are also allowed to stay open, as well as personal care and close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons.
Pubs and restaurants
In Tier 3 , all hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs must close. The only exception is if they are providing food and drink for takeaway via click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery and this is only permitted until 11pm.
In Tier 3 , leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) are not permitted.