Local lockdown is now in force across Merseyside as coronavirus cases continue to rise sharply.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced last week that from today, September 22, new measures would be placed on the entire region to try and combat the rapid rise in Covid-19 infections.
Several new measures have now been brought in to restrict people’s lives across the region, which will impact on how bars and restaurants operate.
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From today, hospitality businesses serving food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
Late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues such as restaurants, pubs and cinemas required to close between 10pm and 5am.
Further local lockdown restrictions include residents being unable to socialise with those outside their own households or support bubbles in private homes and gardens.
Residents are also advised to only use public transport for essential purposes - such as travelling to school or work - and to avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
Does this affect beauty salons?
The beauty industry is allowed to remain open despite local lockdown restrictions, but stricter measures will be in place.
A statement on the Government website says: “Premises and venues across England like pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas must have a system in place by law to record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff in the latest move to break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.
“These businesses and organisations had been advised to collect and share data, with many effectively doing so, but following the recent move to ban social gatherings of more than six people, the data collection programme will now be formally mandated from 18 September.”
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Those who refuse could be denied entry or have their appointment cancelled. Businesses who fail to ensure their premises remain COVID-secure could be fined.
This means you will be asked and expected by law to leave your name, address, phone number and email address, along with the details of those in your party. These will then be kept for 21 days and handed over to NHS Test and Trace if the requested.