Liverpool Lockdown: What happens next?

Liverpool Albert Docks
Liverpool Pier Head from Albert Docks

Matt Hancock has today announced further lockdown measures on the Liverpool City Region (Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, and Wirral).

It comes after the city has become the third worst affected area in the country.

The Health Secretary told Parliament today: “In Liverpool, the number of cases is 268 per 100,000 population, so together we need to act.”

This rise is linked to universities re-opening as well as partying in the city centre after the 10pm curfew, which came into force last weekend.

The Health Secretary highlighted a £7 million pound fund that would be provided to area’s hit by further restrictions.

However many critics, including Liverpool’s Mayor Joe Anderson, do not think the government are doing enough to help.

The mayor told the Liverpool Echo: “We will need some sort of localised furlough scheme because we can’t just let these businesses go under or these jobs to be lost in the city.”

What do these new restrictions mean for the people of Liverpool?

*Residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

*Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.

*Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am.

*Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work.

*Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

What do the people of Liverpool think about the new measures ?