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Preston declared Tier 3 'Very High Alert' area

Town Hall entrance

A sign saying Preston Tier 3 - Covid alert level very high

16 October 2020

Preston has been declared as a Tier 3 'Very High Alert' area as part of government's covid alert system.

The announcement for Preston (and the whole of Lancashire) comes following a sustained increase in coronavirus cases and will affect businesses and residents in the city.

From Saturday 17 October pubs and bars must close unless they serve substantial meals.

A range of other businesses must also close from Monday 19 October, but gyms and leisure centres may remain open.

Leader of Preston City Council, Councillor Matthew Brown said,

We are disappointed government have not accepted a number of significant public health asks we have consistently request or agreed levels of support we need to protect jobs and livelihoods in Preston.  Throughout the past 6 - 7 months our sole focus has been to protect the health of our communities in Preston and help the local economy.

We are committed to supporting our residents, communities and businesses through this incredibly difficult time and regret the situation has brought us to this point, in which the virus has spread to such a rate that we are in the highest tier of restrictions.

We need your help to get out of these restrictions as quickly as we can - by taking every necessary measure to protect your family, friends and community.

The virus is too easily spread when any of us are complacent about playing our role. Wash your hands, wear your mask, keep your distance and follow the restrictions so that together, we can stop the spread of coronavirus in Preston and get out of Tier 3 as soon as we can.

For more information on the new restrictions, please visit our FAQs page.

View our FAQs on local restrictions page

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