Bars and pubs across Lancashire will close after it was announced the county will move into Tier 3 of England’s lockdown system due to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases.
It means towns such as Blackpool, Blackburn and Fleetwood join the Liverpool City Region in the highest level of coronavirus restrictions.
A formal announcement is expected later today.
Talks between Westminster and local leaders in Lancashire about financial support ran into the evening on Thursday, after speculation the county may be locked down.
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