As West Yorkshire and its two million residents are reluctantly heading into Tier 3 restrictions, these are all the places that are in the 'very high' coronavirus restrictions.

They are mostly in the North West and Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire.

The North West of England has borne the brunt of the 'very high' level Tier 3 restrictions since the new government tiering system was introduced earlier this month.

Millions of people in the City of Liverpool Region were the first to move into this category and remains under the strictest controls since October 14.

People out and about in Preston - which is in Tier 3 along with the whole of Lancashire

Pubs and bars have been forced to close unless they serve substantial meals.

Betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos have shut, and people have been told to avoid travelling outside their local area.

Gyms were initially shut in the City of Liverpool Region, but were given a reprieve after Lancashire's gyms stayed open.

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Lancashire followed the City of Liverpool Region into Tier 3 and, after a high-profile stand-off between the government and Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, the region's 2.4 million residents were also placed in this highest bracket last week, after talks failed.

Warrington, in Cheshire, went into Tier 3 restrictions on Tuesday - two days earlier than originally scheduled as a result of rising cases in the town, equidistant between Manchester and Liverpool and with a population of more than 210,000.

Andy Burnham stood up for 2.4 million residents in Greater Manchester

Covid-19 rates in the North West have continued to rise and hospital trusts in the region have topped lists of hospital admissions for patients with the disease.

Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, has the highest local case rate in England, with 774.9 cases per 100,000.

The lowest figure for the region is in Allerdale, Cumbria, with 107.4.

But Imperial College’s React study, based on swab tests between October 16 and 25, estimated an R rate for the region of 1.21, which is lower than many other regions.

Across the Pennines, South Yorkshire was placed under the highest Tier 3 restrictions on October 24.

And it will be followed, on Monday from one minute past midnight by West Yorkshire, it emerged tonight, as two million residents will be impacted.

People living in Leeds, Bradford, Calderdale, Wakefield and Kirklees will join more than eight million others across northern England and the Midlands in Tier 3.

Leeds City Council chief executive Tom Riordan said the authorities had secured a financial support package from the Government worth an additional £59.3 million.

Greater Manchester is now in Tier 3

A statement from the leaders of West Yorkshire's councils said: "Over recent days, we have had a number of meetings with government ministers to discuss the next steps for controlling the rising Covid-19 infection rates across the region.

"Today, with great reluctance, we have accepted that West Yorkshire will now move into Tier Three (Very High) restrictions as of 00.01am on Monday 2nd November.

"The virus spread is now at a critical juncture.

"Not only are infections rising in our region, particularly amongst the elderly, but we already have evidence that the NHS is starting to struggle to deliver essential elective care.

Anyone found not wearing a face covering inside shops risks being fined by police

"Once it became clear that heightened restrictions would be necessary, we have been negotiating hard to secure a package of support for our region and our residents - with the aim of reducing the financial uncertainty for people and businesses."

Nottinghamshire is set to become the latest area to have Tier 3 measures imposed.

People living in Nottingham, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe were the first to be told they were being moved to the highest level.

But the government later announced the whole of the county would be in Tier 3 from tomorrow (Friday) and the restrictions are more punitive than the others in England, with beauty salons in Nottingham forced to shut in addition to the other measures.

Many areas in the East and West Midlands are in Tier 2 but Birmingham City Council’s leader said on Thursday that a move to Tier 3 was “inevitable at some stage”, a sentiment echoed by council chiefs in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.