New Tier 4 measures, which will come into force at 00:01 on Thursday December 31, will effectively return the county to the national lockdown rules implemented in November.
As Lancashire prepares to move into the new Tier, these are the key changes that you need to know about (full details on essential services, exceptions and additional rules can be found on the government website):
Under Tier 4 restrictions people cannot socialise indoors with family or friends, unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can still exercise or visit a public outdoor space with only 1 person from another household if you are alone.
2. Gyms and sports facilities
All indoor gyms and sports facilities must close. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges, riding centres and playgrounds can remain open for individual exercise.
3. Going out
Residents in Tier 4 areas must not leave or be outside of their home or garden except where there is a ‘reasonable excuse’. Reasonable excuses include; work, volunteering, essential activities such as food or medicine collections, fulfilling legal obligations, education or childcare, exercise, medical reasons, compassionate visits and communal worship.
People living in a Tier 4 area you must not leave home or the area other than for legally permitted reasons, including, work, education, visiting people in your support bubble or for childcare reasons.