A deal has finally been struck to move Lancashire into Tier 3 lockdown.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service can reveal that an agreement was reached at around 10am today (October 16) which will see the whole county move into the “very high” alert level.
Non-food pubs and bars look set to close.
But in a move different to Merseyside – which until now has been the only area in England under Tier 3 measures – gyms and leisure centres will stay open.
The county has secured £42million out of the £58.2m it was seeking as a package of financial support for businesses, the care sector and schools.
Initially, only £12m was on the table from central government, meaning the county will have £30m more than what it would have if it had bowed to earlier Government pressure.
LancsLive understands that Prime Minister Boris Johnson briefly addressed the final meeting, but left without taking questions.
It comes after the leader of Lancashire County Council, Geoff Driver, said that a “really good deal” has been negotiated with Government following the latest round of meetings late on Thursday and early on Friday.
“What we have to do is get the best package to help everybody through being in Tier 3 and there’s a danger that’s going to be scuppered at the last minute,” he said, hinting that there was some local division over the final package secured by local leaders.
And LancsLive understands that not every council in Lancashire is happy with final deal, with some local officials saying it does not go far enough.
Councillor Driver also took a swipe at Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, who had said on Thursday that the North was not prepared to be the “canaries in the coal mine” of a tier-three lockdown. He said Mr Burnham was ‘playing politics’ – something he said others in Lancashire had also been doing.
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