Pubs, bars, restaurants in North of England to be closed down from Monday

FILE PHOTO: People drink inside a quiet Irish pub in Soho, as the number of coronavirus (COVID-19) cases grow around the world, in London, Britain, March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls/File Photo

Pubs, bars, and restaurants in the North of England are to be forced to close from next Monday (12 October).

It comes as the government prepares to set out a new tiered lockdown system, with parts of the North set to undergo tighter restrictions.

Under the new measures, on which Prime Minister Boris Johnson has reportedly signed off, overnight stays at other people’s homes will also be banned.

It comes as the number of coronavirus cases has started to rise across the country, with 14,162 new cases reported yesterday (7 October) and 70 sadly losing their lives.

Last week, documents were leaked which outlined a series of alert levels of varying severity, with level three being the highest.

Pubs, bars, and restaurants are to close in the North of England. Credit: PA

According to reports, alert level one will see a continuation of the measures currently in place across England, including the ‘rule of six’ measure for all gatherings, compulsory face coverings, a 10pm curfew for hospitality businesses and limited numbers at weddings and funerals – which allow no more than 15 and 30 attendees, respectively.

Level two will mean people must not meet others outside of their household in private dwellings or gardens – apart from people within their support bubble – or in pubs, restaurants or others settings.

Alert level three contains the strictest set of measures – which are also tougher than any we’ve seen in any localised lockdowns.

These include: closure of hospitality and leisure businesses; no social contact outside your household in any setting; restrictions on overnight stays away from home; and no organised non-professional sports permitted or other communal hobby groups and activities, such as social clubs in community centres.

However, places of worship can remain open, while there is no mention of schools.

Manchester is set to be placed under the tightest restrictions. Credit: PA

When asked about the new lockdown rules, England, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick refused to give any specifics and would not confirm whether the tiered system was coming into force.

He said that the government was ‘considering a range of different options’.

Mr Jenrick told Sky News: “We’re trying to take a regional and proportionate approach and that means reviewing the passage of the virus in each part of the country.

“It is true that the virus is rising, in terms of the number of cases, quite significantly in the North West, in the North East and in a number of other cities like Nottingham.

“We are currently considering what the right action would be in those places and we’ll make a conclusion on that as soon as we can.”

This comes after Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the sale of alcohol in Scotland will be banned in indoor bars, restaurants and cafes for 16 days starting from Friday (9 October).