New restrictions are now in force across Merseyside as the region battles to contain a surge in coronavirus cases.

A series of new restrictions are now in place across the region, meaning restaurants and bars will have to shut earlier and people are no longer allowed to meet up with people outside their households unless there are in your support bubble.

However, there are valid reasons that allow you to go to another person's house.

After a last minute change by government following a backlash from parents, families will be allowed to go to each other's homes to care for children under the age of 14 or for vulnerable adults.

A range of other reasons include for work purposes, to facilitate a house move and to attend a birth.

Here are all the reasons you can go to someone else's house.

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People in our region and across the country are being implored to follow the new restrictions, as well as other guidelines in place to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

They include maintaining social distancing measures, wearing a face covering and washing your hands regularly with soap and water.

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