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Tier 2 restrictions for Warrington!

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WHEN national lockdown restrictions end next week, Warrington and Cheshire will be placed in Tier 2 “high alert” which will provide a much-needed boost for some of the town’s hospitality and leisure businesses in the run-up to Christmas.

Warrington Borough Council and the town’s two MPs had been lobbying for Warrington to be placed in Tier 2 following the reducing COVID-19 cases which have dropped significantly in the last few weeks.
It had been feared Warrington would be placed in Tier 3 with hospital cases still high although these have been decreasing as well in the past week.
Warrington South MP Andy Carter said: “We are seeing a sustained fall in cases in Warrington thanks to the efforts of everyone locally but we must remain alert to the dangers of COVID. There are still more than 150 people in hospital being treated for this virus, many more than the peak on April, so the pressures on the NHS remain very real.”
“To keep people safe and to maintain the success we’ve seen recently during the national lockdown there will continue to be some distruptin to normal life and based on public health advice we do need these tier 2 measures in place.”
Warrington North MP Charlotte Nichols said: “I am pleased that Warrington has been placed into Tier 2 today and that some of the restrictions are going to be lifted next week.
“In particular, it is good news that pubs, as a place of communal gathering at the heart of our community, will be allowed to re-open. Nonetheless, the ’substantial meal requirement’ and ban on household mixing still creates substantial challenges for pubs and companies in their supply chains. This makes it all the more prescient for the Government to provide a sectoral deal to support pubs.
“It is also good news that some spectators will be allowed back into sports venues, as many Warrington Wolves fans and football fans cannot wait to get back to their stadia.
“I will continue to fight for a fair funding deal for Warrington in the face of these restrictions and for the Government to devolve Track and Trace locally to end the chaos we saw in the autumn.”
Council leader, Cllr Russ Bowden said: “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.
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

The Tier 2 restrictions are as follows:
*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
*you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
*businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Secure manner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs
*pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants. Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals
*hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
stop taking orders after 10pm
hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through
*early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm
*public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
*public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors
*places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies
*weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.
*organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
*organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
*you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
*if you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
*for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list.
*To find out more about COVID-19 testing, and to book a test if you have symptoms, visit warrington.gov.uk/get-tested-coronavirus
For the latest COVID-19 guidance for Warrington visit https://www.warrington.gov.uk/coronavirus-latest-guidance

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