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Liverpool ‘days away’ from two-week local lockdown as coronavirus cases surge
September 30, 2020
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Liverpool could be "days away" from a two-week circuit-breaker local lockdown as coronavirus cases surge.
Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said it's "only a matter of time" before stricter lockdown measures are implemented in the north-west city.
It would become the first city to have a two-week local lockdown if the tighter rules were introduced.
Mr Anderson also backed calls for a total ban of alcohol sales after 9pm in a bid to stop pub-goers flocking to off-licences and supermarkets after the 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants.
He said the short circuit-breaker lockdown would close down pubs and restaurants for two weeks and could help "restore some normality" in time for Christmas.
Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, he said: "For me, it is only a matter of time because the virus isn't able to be controlled in the city with the restrictions we have now.
"We need a circuit breaker or stricter lockdown to try to stop the virus spreading.
"If we can have the severest measures of lockdown now, we may arrest the increase and start to bring it down by the end of October, so that in the lead up to Christmas we can get some normality."
The mayor also held talks with government officials regarding a short shutdown.
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Liverpool's coronavirus cases have been described as a "concern" by government sources, who said they're keeping a "close eye" on the city.
The talks follow a rise of Covid-19 cases, with 1,306 cases being recorded over the past seven days, up from 577 in the previous week.
Mr Anderson also told The Times he backed a 9pm curfew on alcohol sales in shops and supermarkets.
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He told the paper: "I would welcome that because often the events that we've seen — where people go back to houses — are often spontaneous, so I think it would help.
"But we need a much bigger strategic solution."
Andy Burnham, mayor of Manchester, also suggested a post-9pm ban on alcohol sales in a bid to stop drinkers rushing to off-licences after pubs close.
Mr Burnham said: "Perhaps there could be a 9pm curfew on the sale of alcohol in supermarkets and shops that would prevent the rush to shops once pubs have closed. That's what we certainly saw on Saturday."
Yesterday saw the highest number of virus cases logged in the UK since the start of the pandemic. More than 7,100 cases were recorded.
Although a new record, it is below the trajectory forecast by chief scientific advisor, Sir Patrick Vallance, who said the upward trend could see 50,000 infections per day by mid-October.
A circuit-breaker lockdown typically involves a shorter lockdown and would likely last for two weeks. It'd follow national restrictions we saw earlier in the year, where certain businesses would be closed or regulated. Pubs, restaurants and bars would be affected and socialising between households would be banned.