Lancashire Enters VERY HIGH COVID Alert Level

16th October 2020

The UK Government has just announced that Lancashire will enter Tier 3 VERY HIGH Covid Alert Level restrictions starting from midnight tonight. Full details are still emerging but the BBC is reporting the following information from government:


The UK government has confirmed that Lancashire is to move into the top tier of restrictions from 00.01 on Saturday 17 October.

It confirmed the following restrictions were coming into place:

  • People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
  • All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the very-high alert level or entering a very-high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey
  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area

In addition, following discussions with local leaders, it was agreed that from Monday 19 October at 00.01:

  • The adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers, betting shops, and soft play areas must close
  • Car boot sales would not be permitted


Details are still emerging but Lancashire County Council has announced they secured additional funding from Government to help support businesses which are affected. Lancaster BID will share details when they become available.

Businesses are advised to check the following links to obtain the most up to date information as it is published:


Lancaster City Council

Lancashire County Council


UK Government

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