When the national restrictions are lifted, Warrington will become a tier 2 ‘high alert’ level area from Wednesday 2 December.
Warrington will move into tier 2 alongside neighbouring Cheshire and Liverpool City Region authorities.
The tier 2 restrictions state you must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. The ‘rule of six’ will apply outdoors, so you must not socialise in a group of more than six people outside, including in a private garden or a public space.
Businesses and venues are able to open as long as they continue to operate in a COVID-secure manner. However, there are some restrictions, including:
- Pubs and bars must remain closed unless they are serving substantial meals
- Table service only in premises which sell alcohol
- Venues must close between 11pm and 5am, and stop taking orders from 10pm
- Delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through can continue after 10pm
Further information about the restrictions and what they mean for places of worship, weddings and funerals, sport and leisure, events, and travel can be viewed on the government’s website at gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know
Council leader, Cllr Russ Bowden: “It’s good news for Warrington that we will now be able to move into the recovery phase under tier 2 restrictions from 2 December. It’s down to the huge effort from residents and communities which have helped us make real strides in bringing our case numbers down.
“In October, we made a tough decision, before the national restrictions were announced, to move into tier 3. It was the right thing to do to engage with the government as it gave us a head start in bringing the infection rate under control. Acting early has put us in a stronger position and without doing so we wouldn’t be in a position to move into tier 2 from next week.
“I would like to thank the people of Warrington once again for their commitment and effort over recent weeks and months to address the situation, which has helped us to protect communities, business and jobs. There is still more work to do and we must remain disciplined, however, today’s announcement is good news and really important for residents and businesses as we head into the festive period.
Further information about coronavirus in Warrington can be viewed at warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus.