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The tight restrictions were imposed at midnight

Tighter measures to stop the spread of Covid-19 are in effect in Lancashire, Merseyside, and parts of the Midlands and West Yorkshire.

The new rules Announced on Friday Amidst a rise in the number of cases.

Local restrictions, which will affect 4.7 million people, prevent separated families from meeting each other at home or in private parks.

Bars and restaurants should also close early in Merseyside and Lancashire, with the exception of Blackpool.

The prime minister will outline new measures for the rest of England in the House of Commons later on Tuesday and address the nation in a live broadcast at 20:00 GMT.

From Thursday, everyone Pubs, bars, restaurants and other hospitality places It will close at 22:00 and a must for people in England Work from home “if they can”.

What are the new rules?

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Local restrictions were announced on Friday

Residents are not allowed to mix in their own homes or gardens in:

  • Lancashire (except Blackpool)
  • Merseyside, Warrington and Halton
  • Wolverhampton and Udby Wigston
  • Bradford, Kirklees, and Calderdale

Bars must close between 22:00 and 05:00 and serve table service only at:

  • Lancashire (except Blackpool),
  • Merseyside, Warrington and Halton

Residents are required to use public transportation only for “essential purposes” to:

  • Lancashire (except Blackpool)
  • Merseyside, Warrington and Halton

Residents are asked to avoid attending amateur or semi-professional sporting events as spectators at:

  • Lancashire (except Blackpool)
  • Merseyside, Warrington and Halton

Support bubbles will not be affected by the new rules.

What was the reaction?

William Les Jones, the owner of the Greater Manchester-based JW Lees brewery that employs more than 1,300 people, said the new measures were “extremely damaging” and “would inevitably lead to layoffs.”

“All our bars had to be closed for 15 weeks and we only opened last week,” he said.

He said it was no coincidence that it was cooling Announce plans to cut 6,000 jobs On the same day the restrictions went into effect, he called on the government to help.

“There are three million people working in the hospitality industry,” said Mr. Lee Jones.

“Pubs are probably the safest place in the UK at this moment,” he added.

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William Les Jones said that closing bars earlier would be “extremely devastating” to the hospitality industry

Thomas Monier, co-owner of the Fazenda restaurant chain, said that forcing it to close early would take a “big blow”.

“We are losing an entire period across the sites – that’s a lot of money,” he said.

He said the company, which has restaurants in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Edinburgh and Birmingham, was already struggling with restrictions to ensure social distancing.

“We bear all the pain. They cut off our working hours … But we are not paying less rent.”

“Shutting down early won’t solve the big problem – people who don’t follow directions at home.”

‘Completely redundant’

Hannah Horner, co-owner of The Borough in Lancaster, which has 38 employees, said the past few months have been “very difficult” and that her business has “really changed to an unprecedented degree.”

She said she was not able to open another bar for her, Britannia because it was “too small for social distancing”.

The former nurse said she understood the government had to “strike a balance between keeping the economy going and the health of the nation.”

But she added, “I wonder what the difference is [closing pubs early] It will reach the end result of the infection … and whether it will push people to hold house parties or socialize illegally. “

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The owner of a wine bar in Liverpool says convincing people to leave early would be a problem

Keith Haggis, owner of Keiths Food & Wine Bar in Liverpool, said: “We don’t know what’s going to happen.

“Getting people to leave will be problematic – we’ll have to stop serving drinks around 9:30 PM.

“The leave scheme kept us going, but we don’t have that now and we don’t know how long these new restrictions will last.”

An absolute nightmare

Dave Hughes, managing director of Acorn Brewery that operates a bar in Barnsley that was already closing at 22:00, said the past six months have been an “absolute nightmare”.

“The restrictions will be severe. Our industry has been hit hard by the shutdown and there has been little help for the small breweries,” he said.

“We had to reduce our workforce, the leave scheme was helpful but we lost employees through them in finding another job and we had to make the excess to try to protect the rest of the jobs ..

“There will be some bars that depend on that evening trade who think they can’t open it and when we start losing them who knows.”

Shane Hoodcase, 64, has been in bars for 20 years.

Hollybush home owner in Lye, Dudley said, “I can’t hire more people to do table service, so that means that my wife and I are working all the hours again to make it work, you know, we’re also not long after retirement so it’s going to be tough.

“I would like to [employ people] But I can’t bear it. I will have to hire two employees anyway. “

More restrictions

Most parts of Greater Manchester – with the exception of Stockport Wigan – as well as Preston, Blackburn, Darwin and Bendle in Lancashire are: It is already subject to more stringent restrictions .

Bolton, who has the highest number of cases in the country, too It brought additional measures On September 8, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs were restricted to take-out only, and all hospitality places to close at 22:00.

People in Oldham and Blackburn with Darwin and Pendle in Lancashire You should also not meet anyone outside of their home outdoors.

The government said last week that these tight restrictions in parts of Greater Manchester and Lancashire would continue.

The restrictions were too Brought Across large parts of northeast England.

The government introduced The rule of six Across England on 14 September.

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