New lockdown restrictions will come into force across Lancashire today.
Blackpool is the only place exempt from the new rules, while every other part of the county will be affected by the strict measures.
That includes the entire boroughs of Preston, Lancaster, Wyre, Fylde, Chorley, South Ribble, West Lancashire, Ribble Valley, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, and Rossendale.
Blackpool was not placed under the new restrictions, despite sources previously indicating certain areas of the town were at risk, with Blackpool Council revealing the decision was taken by Government "based on infection rates which are comparatively lower in the resort than other parts of the county."
However, the rest of Lancashire will now face a ban on households mixing, public transport used for essential journeys only, and curfews for pubs and restaurants.
Speaking when the new measures were announced, Lancashire County Council's Director of Public Health Dr Sakthi Karunanithi said: "The past six months have been really tough for everyone and so many people have made personal sacrifices for the good of their loved ones and the communities where they live and work.
"But we have seen really worrying signs of the infection rate increasing in Lancashire. The daily cases have doubled from 75 cases on the 6 September to 144 on the 14. Although still in small numbers, we are also seeing that hospital admissions rise two weeks after the cases increased. If we don't act now we could be facing another lockdown. The situation really is that stark.
"We are particularly seeing a high rate of positive cases in the 15 to 44 age group, and our concern is that this will spill into the older and vulnerable groups. Please do not mix between households indoors and keep outdoor mixing as low as possible. Use public transport only for essential journeys like school, work and health appointment. Try to stay and shop locally.
"I would also say that we should be setting as good an example as possible for our children to encourage them to also be better at following the guidance now that pupils have returned to school."
So what exactly are the new rules? Here is a breakdown of all the new rules coming into affect across Lancashire today.
From Tuesday (September 22):
Residents are also advised to follow the below guidelines to further reduce the spread of the virus:
Residents are urged to only visit indoor locations such as restaurants and pubs places with other members of their household or support bubble.
Why the new measures are being introduced
These measures aim to address the significant rise in coronavirus cases in the region in recent weeks.
There is an increased risk of transmission the more people who gather together. Lancashire County Council says its data shows an increased rate of transmission in homes, hospitality venues and through grassroot sports.
The measures hope to protect the most vulnerable, while keeping businesses open and children in school.
How long it will last
The measures start from Tuesday (September 22) and will be monitored closely and reviewed on a weekly basis.
The next steps will depend on the impact the measures have.
Who is allowed into homes
You must not meet people who you do not live with or are part of a protective support bubble inside your home.
However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule listed below:
These measures do not impact education.
Schools, colleges and universities remain open and are operating in a COVID-secure way.
Travelling for work or schools
People can travel in or out of Lancashire for work and education purposes.
Workplaces and schools should be implementing COVID-secure measures.
You can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders and providers offering before or after school clubs or other out-of-school settings for children.
You can also continue to employ nannies, including those living outside of the region.
Children of parents who are separated can continue to move between households.
Visiting someone’s house in an area not subject to restrictions
You must not visit anyone’s home either within or out of the restricted area except for your support bubble or for the excepted reasons listed above.
Why can I visit the pub but not my relative’s house?
This is because the hospitality industry has enhanced measures, such as risk assessments and test and trace, which private homes don’t have.
Hospitality venues must close between 10pm and 5am.
During open hours businesses must operate table service only including ordering food and drinks.
Between 10pm and 5am hot food takeaways can only operate a delivery service.
Gym, gym classes or swimming pools
You can visit gyms, gym classes or swimming pools, as long as these venues have the required Covid-secure risk assessments and guidelines in place.
Furlough for people who won’t be able to work as a result
The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to continue during September and October.
From 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% (up to £2,500).
See whether you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Meeting people outside of your household or support bubble in a pub, café or restaurant
This depends on where in Lancashire you live.
If you live in an area with local restrictions (Blackburn and Darwen, Pendle and Preston) these restrictions remain in place, meaning you are unable to meet with other households in any indoor location.
If you live in an area that was not already in local restrictions, the government advice is to only visit these venues with other members of your household (or support bubble).
See specific information for your area from GOV.uk
Meeting people outside of your household or support bubble in public outdoor spaces
The Government advice is to avoid mixing with any additional household in any location to further decrease the risk of spreading the virus.
Changes to playing sports
Unless formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, with guidance issued by a sports governing body, team sports should not take place at an indoor or outdoor venue with people who you don’t live with.
You should not spectate at amateur and semi-professional sports events.
Visiting houses to do repairs or other work
Official/registered tradespeople can go to other people’s homes for work purposes as long as you follow national guidance on how to work safely there.
Public transport and car sharing
Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work. Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.
You are advised not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble, and to use public transport for essential journeys instead.
You can still go on holiday within the UK or abroad, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). You need to follow any rules in the area you visit and be aware of the self-isolation rules when travelling to and from certain countries.
People can visit the region on holiday but must comply with the local restrictions.