Liverpool and the whole of Merseyside is currently awaiting a decision from the Government which is expected to enforce stricter measures to prevent the rise in coronavirus cases.

The ECHO is bringing you live updates as we await this announcement, although it is not clear what time it may come, or if it will definitely be today.

Manchester was previously given just a couple of hours notice before being placed into a local lockdown, whilst Birmingham's new restrictions were announced a day in advance.

There is much confusion as to what local lockdown actually means and how it will affect us all. Local lockdown rules are different to those implemented when we were all put under a national lockdown back in March.

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Each city is being treated slightly differently, which means until an announcement is made no one will know for certain what will happen here. But local lockdown restrictions in other areas have not led to pub and restaurant closures, although there have been some rules put in place.

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In the North East of England, food and drink venues are currently restricted to table service only and leisure and entertainment venues must close at 10pm.

Officials here have now been told by the Government the new measures placed on the entire region will be the same as those brought in for the North East.

This means you would still be able to go for a drink and a meal if Liverpool is place in local lockdown but with no more than six people and only within your household bubble.