Local lockdowns around the UK that Liverpool could copy

As coronavirus cases in our region continue to soar, the city is facing a potential localised lockdown.

The most recent figures show the rate per 100,000 is 106.4 – and in just one week (7-13 September) there were 530 positive coronavirus cases.

On Friday, the whole of Merseyside was added to the government's watch list for areas of concern with potential restrictions imminent.

On Sunday, Mayor Joe Anderson warned: "Unless we all take this seriously we could face a City Lockdown."

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Now Mayor Anderson has said he could imagine a range of measures to be brought in by government in Liverpool and Merseyside.

He said: "We think this could well be part of a wider North West lockdown, because you can see cases are rising across the whole region.

"We think this could involve a ban on care home visits, with vulnerable people perhaps being told to shield again.

"We may see pubs and restaurants reduced to takeaway services and restrictions on households mixing, we will have to wait and see exactly what measures are brought in and will keep people informed."

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Any Liverpool lockdown is likely to reflect the specific issues the city faces, but in the meantime, here is how lockdowns have been introduced elsewhere in the UK:

How local lockdown rules are enforced

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last week Covid marshals in towns and city centres in England would help ensure social distancing rules are followed.

The government has said the marshals can be volunteers or council staff, but local authorities will get no extra funding to pay for them.

The marshals are tasked with ensuring people follow the rules – such as wearing face coverings in shops and takeaways.

They will also encourage people to follow local authority guidance – such as using a one-way system on pavements – as well as hand out masks and hand gel.

But they will have no formal powers to enforce the new rule of six law, which bans people in England from meeting in groups of more than six.

Caerphilly

A separate lockdown in Caerphilly in Wales was also introduced at short notice last week.

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At the time there were 55.4 cases per 100,000 people – again, lower than the current rate in Liverpool.

The Welsh Government has announced a local lockdown will be enforced in the Rhondda Cynon Taf area of south Wales following a "sharp increase" in Covid-19 cases.

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The new restrictions will come into force at 6pm on Thursday.

People must not enter or leave the area without a reasonable excuse, while meetings with other people indoors will not be allowed, including for extended households.

All licensed premises will have to close at 11pm.

The North West

The lockdown covers towns in the North West like Bradford as well as parts of Greater Manchester.

Restrictions include banning meeting people from other households at home or in your garden, although two households could meet in a public space and support bubbles were exempt.

Bolton

Bolton is under local lockdown as coronavirus cases continue to rise sharply.

Bolton now has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the country at more than 190 cases per 100,000 people.

If you live in Bolton, you must not host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they're in your support bubble.

It's also prohibited to meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of Bolton, unless they're in your support bubble.

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People can't gather in outdoor public spaces, such as parks, with people from different households, or socialise with people they do not live with, unless they're in their support bubble, in indoor public venues.

The police are able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

Bristol

Like Liverpool, there is an element of uncertainty surrounding the city of Bristol.

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees has said the city council will consider introducing Covid marshals, but criticised the government for leaving local authorities to foot the bill.

Asked whether Bristol City Council will introduce Covid marshals at a press briefing on September 16, Mr Rees said: "We are going to talk about it".

But he stressed Bristol still had relatively low rates of coronavirus infection compared with other parts of the country, and might not need to take the same measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

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