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The city’s falling infection rate – now down to less than 150 per 100,000 compared with more than 700 in mid-October – has helped us to avoid the toughest measures in Tier 3.
That means when the nationwide lockdown ends, Liverpool City Region will face slightly less strict rules than when it started on November 20 as it enters tier 2.
‼️LIVERPOOL IS IN TIER TWO‼️ pic.twitter.com/M33SsccjbA
— The Guide Liverpool (@TheGuideLpool) November 26, 2020
It’s good news for restaurants in and around the city, who will be allowed to reopen, along with pubs serving food. Pubs and bars which don’t serve food will have to remain closed.
Theatres will be able to welcome back limited numbers in their audiences too, with tickets sold in household and support bubbles, so they can now go ahead with Christmas shows knowing they’re unlikely to be at risk.
And sports fans will be able to watch games outdoors, again with crowds restricted and socially distanced.
Tier 2 is officially classed as the High Tier, but as it’s the middle one of three it could have been much worse.
Tier 3 areas will see restaurants and pubs stay closed for everything except takeaways and deliveries, no events other than drive-in ones will be allowed so theatres and venues can’t reopen and the rule of six will only apply to public outdoor spaces like parks.
Mayor Joe Anderson has urged everyone in Liverpool City Region to “keep up the fight” as the tier system will be reviewed every two weeks.
“If our numbers can actually keep coming down then we could be looking at Tier 1 when things get reviewed in the future,” he said.
“But we cannot relax, we’ve won a battle here but the war is not over.”
“Today’s announcement that the Liverpool City Region will exit the national lockdown into Tier 2 is welcome news and a testament to the sacrifice and reliance of everyone who lives here. We’d like to thank each and every person that helped us to achieve this outcome.
“When we entered Tier 3 restrictions seven weeks ago, we were in a very dangerous situation. We had the highest transmission rates in the country and faced the very real risk that our NHS would be overwhelmed.
“We are really pleased that today we see a more encouraging picture, with cases down by over two-thirds since their peak and COVID related hospital admissions also decreasing significantly, relieving some of the pressure on ICU.
“The balance of evidence shows that although we faced a difficult decision over Tier 3, locally we took the right decisions, at the right time.
“We recognised that action was required, but also fought hard for the financial support for our businesses and workers most affected. We always have and always will try to do the best thing for our people and our businesses.
“However, while today’s announcement is undoubtedly welcome, no one should be in any doubt that many difficult months ahead lie ahead.
“We know that these new Tier 2 restrictions will still be tough for many of our businesses and, until a full vaccination programme has been rolled out, the threat from COVID remains a very real and present danger.
“So, we urge everyone to continue to do what they have been doing so well over the past few weeks: following the guidance, protect each other and protect our health services. The worst thing we could do now is to slow the progress we have made or risk a third wave through complacency.
“So please wear your face covering; keep your distance; wash your hands; keep getting tested; and use these hard-won freedoms wisely.”
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