This means the introduction of new restrictions, which you can read in full on Gov.uk.
Councillor Dr Erica Lewis, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “Rising rates of infection, the new variant of Covid-19 and the expected knock-on effect of the Christmas relaxation mean that our move into Tier 4 is not unexpected.
“I understand how distressing this news is for people, particularly the local business community, but I would urge everyone to now follow the new restrictions, which are similar to those we followed during the most recent national lockdown.
“If we don’t then we run the real risk of our local hospitals, which are already under increasing pressure, being overwhelmed.
“This means no household mixing inside (apart from within a support bubble), only meeting with a maximum of one other person from another household outdoors, and all non-essential shops, personal care, indoor gyms and hospitality venues must close.
“We must also continue to wash our hands regularly, wear a face covering in enclosed public places, and make space for others.
“Only by following the rules can we stop the increase in cases and help to protect ourselves and our communities.
“The city council’s focus will continue to be to protect residents, jobs and businesses to reduce health impacts and to mitigate against the undoubted effects that will come from being in Tier 4.
“If you’re a resident that’s struggling our Community Hub is here to help – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01524 582000. Businesses can contact our Business Support Hub for help, advice and access to grants by emailing email@example.com.
“We will also continue to fight for additional assistance from the Government, which now needs to step up provide more financial support for our economy.”
Last updated: 30 December 2020