The Government will make an announcement today on new lockdown measures across Lancashire, it has been confirmed.
Councils across the county, including Hyndburn, Preston, Chorley, South Ribble and Rossendale have all provided updates this morning (September 18) from the Lancashire Resilience Forum, confirming that a Government announcement is due.
The majority of Lancashire will be subject to new measures in order to bring down the rate of Covid-19 infections, it has been established.
LancsLive expects the Government is due to bring in restrictions across the county including Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle, Burnley, Rossendale, Preston, Lancaster and Hyndburn, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Wyre and Fylde, and parts of Blackpool following a rise in infections over the past two weeks.
It follows new measures coming in to the North East of England, which has a significantly lower infection rate that many areas of Lancashire.
A senior government source has told LancsLive that restrictions call for “no mixing at all with other households” in any setting, as well as using public transport for essential journeys only.
As of Thursday morning, the move is “less severe than Bolton”, as per source, with there no plans at that moment in time to bring in a 10pm curfews for bars, pubs, and restaurants. As of this morning, there are conflicting reports over the introduction of a curfew in Lancashire.
A spokesperson for the Lancashire Resilience Forum said: “We are expecting an announcement later today by Government that the majority of Lancashire will be subject to new measures in order to bring down the rate of Covid-19 infections. Over the last two weeks, we have unfortunately seen significant increases in the number of cases in most towns and cities in our county.
“The Government reviews the situation weekly and can implement new measures if deemed necessary to control the spread.
“We are awaiting the full regulations and guidelines but will let you know what it means for you and our county as soon as we can.
“We all want to get back to normal, and we know this news will be difficult for people to hear.
“These decisions are not taken lightly and are in the interest of everyone’s health and safety.”
The official announcement on the new rules could be made at any point today, with the Department of Health setting out the rules across Lancashire and other areas of the North West, including Merseyside.
MP for Lancaster & Fleetwood, Cat Smith said: “We are expecting a Government announcement later today that the majority of Lancashire will be subject to new measures in order to bring down the rate of Covid-19 infections. Over recent weeks, we have seen increases in the number of cases.
“We are still waiting for the full details of regulations and guidelines but I’ll update to let you know what it means for you as soon as I can. We all want to get back to normal, and we know this news will be difficult for people to hear. #LetsDoItForLancashire“
We will be bringing you the very latest updates on the situation via our dedicated live blog here.