Government officials warned that the restrictions could last six months when they announced them to the national press last week.
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said he hoped that our region would be able to lift the Tier 3 restrictions in a month’s time, but warned that further government support was needed for the restrictions to work properly.
However, the mayor warned that further assistance is needed to ensure that the new restrictions work.
Mayor Anderson said the government had “discussions, not negotiations” about new measures and said they had not been presented as an option. He also said that the increase in hospitalization due to the coronavirus was unsustainable.
His remarks took up similar points raised by the Mayor of Metro Rotheram and the other leaders, following criticism from some local residents who accused the regional leaders of giving in to the government’s demands.
At a press conference with Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram and the leaders of the five other councils now in Tier 3, Mayor Anderson said that regional leaders were given little leeway on the precise restrictions.
He said, “We need to do something to try to bring those numbers down. The bottom line is that we have always been concerned with balancing this decision between the health and impact on people’s health and the impact [of the restrictions]on the economy.
“We will continue to fight this corner, but as for the timing of the reduction, hopefully it will be in a few weeks so that we can possibly get to the month [of the review]and finish the special measures and level 3.
The Liverpool City region is the only region in England currently rated Level 3 or “very high” in the government’s new coronavirus alert system.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said government financial support for the region did not go far enough, reiterating calls for an increase in the payroll paid to workers under the local vacation scheme from 67% to 80% and for further support in other areas.
Bars, pubs, gyms and casinos throughout the region are to be closed from tomorrow to stop the rise in the virus rate.