Coronavirus restrictions in Lancashire

The government have introduced a three tiered system of local COVID-19 alert levels.

The whole of Lancashire, including Blackpool and Blackburn-with Darwen, has been placed in the Tier 3 alert category. This is for areas with a 'very high' level of infections and where tighter restrictions are in place. 

See statement issued by Lancashire County Council, Blackpool Council, Blackburn-with Darwen Council and the 12 district councils.

Local COVID alert level: very high

This means:

  • you must not socialise with anybody you do not live with, unless you have formed a support bubble with them, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events
  • you 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
  • pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • schools and universities remain open
  • places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees. However, wedding receptions are not allowed
  • gyms and leisure centres remain open
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with), or for youth or disability sport
  • adult gaming centres, bingo halls, casinos, bookmakers, betting shops and children's soft playcentres must close
  • you should try to avoid travelling outside the very-high alert level area you are in or entering a very-high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
  • you should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very-high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very-high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere

You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules
  • work from home where you can effectively do so
  • travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make


Find out more about the measures that apply in very high alert level areas to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.