Lancashire to move into tier 3 lockdown measures - as Greater Manchester remains under tier 2 restrictions

Date published: 16 October 2020

Lancashire – covering neighbouring Whitworth – is moving into tier 3 lockdown measures, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced today (Friday 16 October).

Greater Manchester, including the borough of Rochdale, remains under tier 2 measures.

The new restrictions for Lancashire will come into force at 00.01 on Saturday 17 October.

Tier 3 is the “very high alert" category under the most severe set of restrictions.

This level of restrictions means that pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals.

Restrictions on meeting other households indoors in any setting remain in place: with the addition of being unable to meet in gardens. You can meet in public places such as parks, the countryside and forests but only in groups of up to six people (including children).

People will also be advised against travel in and out of the areas.

Tier 3 restrictions also means the closure of betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres, in this instance from 00.01 on Monday 19 October.

The restrictions will be reviewed each month.

Schools, non-essential retail and universities will remain open in all tiers.

I live in Whitworth; what can I do?

Whitworth falls under the highest restrictions, tier 3 or the 'very high alert level'.

  • Pubs and bars must close, and can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
  • Wedding receptions are not allowed.
  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and the countryside.
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the tier 3 area they are in, or entering a tier 3 area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a ‘Very High’ area, or avoid staying overnight in a tier 3 area if they are resident elsewhere.


I live in the Rochdale borough; what are my restrictions?

The Rochdale borough is under tier 2, the 'high' alert level.

  • People must not meet with anybody outside their household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
  • People must not meet in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other space.
  • People should aim to reduce the number of journeys they make where possible. If they need to travel, they should walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

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