There were contradictory scenes over the weekend, as some briefings seemed to indicate that the new measures met with full approval in local and national government before the regional heads of government declared that no financial agreement had been reached.
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, has accused the government of applying “lockdown by dictate” as new restrictions on our region are due to be announced today.
It is expected that pubs, bars, gyms, betting shops, casinos and gambling halls for adults will be closed.
However, while the government has the final say in implementing the restrictions, local leaders are pushing for financial support, which they believe is necessary to prevent further economic shocks in the region.
Pubs, bars, gyms, betting shops, casinos and adult gambling halls are all on the list of businesses likely to be affected.
The Liverpool City region, which covers the five boroughs of Merseyside and Halton, is expected to be set at Level 3, the highest level of the government’s new blocking system, with some services expected to be closed.
Mayor Anderson has previously called for new blocking measures, but said the government had failed to provide the city with the necessary financial support. Under the local leave program available to workers in the region, 67% of their pay is to be made available, compared to 80% available to all workers under the national program earlier this year.
He tweeted this morning: “Let’s make it clear that after ignoring my requests for over a month, the government is now blaming us and imposing a ‘lockdown by dictate’ without a full financial package and without support for the companies that we are levelling down, not up. We will continue to support our local companies”.
It is not known exactly how long the restrictions will last, but it is estimated that it could take up to six months, with a review of the measures on a monthly basis.
A recent statement from leaders across the Liverpool City region also states that the army will be called up and that the region will receive a six-month package of financial government support under the Tier 3 restrictions.