Statement on Lancaster district moving to Tier 3 restrictions

The government has announced that the Lancaster district will move into Tier 3 (Very High) restrictions following the end of the national lockdown on December 2.

Councillor Dr Erica Lewis, leader of Lancaster City Council, said: “This is not the tier we expected or wanted. We asked, again and again, that the government make an assessment on the Lancaster district’s numbers and risk. It is deeply infuriating that the government has once again retreated to making sweeping assessments, rather than engaging with local expertise and conditions.  

“However, even though we are frustrated and annoyed, and deserved more for the sacrifices we have made and doing such a good job, we cannot give up. We must keep driving our numbers down, so when we are reassessed, our case is even stronger.

“The City Council will continue to do everything we can to support residents, local jobs, businesses and organisations and we will continue to fight for the support from government to save lives and livelihoods.

“Please remember to wash your hands, wear a face covering and make space for others.”

The government says it will review the tiers fortnightly.

Last updated: 26 November 2020