Hot off the press, here are the "Very High" local COVID guidelines being introduced in Liverpool City Region on Wednesday

In addition to the medium and high guidelines, as a baseline (to which local authorities may implement additional measures):

  • Pubs and bars must close, and [but] can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
  • Wedding receptions are not allowed.
  • People must not meet with anyone outside their household or support bubble in any indoor or outdoor setting, whether at home or in a public space. The Rule of Six applies in open public spaces like parks and beaches.
  • People should “try to avoid” travelling outside the Very High area, other than for things like work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if they are in transit.
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in a Very High area, or avoid staying overnight in a Very High area if they are resident elsewhere.
  • Updated guidance will be issued for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

It will be very interesting to see how this works out in practice, particularly the “pub operating as a restaurant” option.

Here is the Government’s press release.

In addition to the baseline guidance for very high risk areas, the following businesses are not allowed to open in the Liverpool City Region:

  • betting shops, casinos and adult gaming centres (arcades)
  • indoor gyms
  • fitness and dance studios
  • sports facilities (except organised indoor team sports for disabled people and under 18s activities)

Here is the full guidance for very high areas (as it stands):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high