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Changes to Tier 3 restrictions set to come in

While Wirral - along with Liverpool, Halton, Knowsley, Sefton and St Helens – remains within the ‘very high’ alert level of the Government’s new three-tier system of interventions to tackle the spread of COVID-19, some significant changes to that take effect tomorrow (Saturday).

The key changes are that indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, sports facilities and leisure centres can reopen. However, soft play centres have to close from Saturday 24th October.

The other restrictions remain in place, which include:

  • ‘Wet’ pubs and bars must close. Only establishments operating as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal – may welcome customers inside and they can only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • Betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos will close
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted, although services can go-ahead with a limit of 15 people
  • People are advised to avoid travelling outside their local area, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities
  • People are advised not to stay overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in the Liverpool City Region and avoid staying overnight in the Liverpool City Region if they are resident elsewhere.

In addition:

  • People must not socialise with anybody beyond those you live with (or have formed a support bubble with) in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue


  • Schools and universities remain open
  • Places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
  • Exemptions apply for indoor activities involving young people, people with disabilities, elite sports people, professional dancers and choreographers

Some Wirral Council fitness and leisure facilities are set to reopen their doors for the first time since March this weekend. Read full details about what that development means.