Should the move take place, Nottingham City, Gedling, Rushcliffe and Broxtowe will be placed in tier three, meaning pubs must close unless they can serve a ‘significant meal’, according to analysis by real estate adviser Altus Group.
This comes after Warrington was moved from Covid alert level ‘high’ to ‘very high’ with restrictions in place from today (Tuesday 27 October), meaning pubs in the area have to close, unless they can serve meals with alcohol.
It followed discussions between the Government and local leaders, which resulted in a financial support package of £1.68m for the area. A provision of £4.2m was also agreed to support businesses.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: "Infection rates are rising in Warrington, and we have agreed with local leaders that it’s time to take action. I know that these new measures will mean sacrifices must be made by the people in Warrington, and I want to extend my thanks to each and every one of them for recognising the severity of the situation and sticking to the rules.
"We have agreed a support package designed to help businesses while boosting efforts to control the virus locally and will not hesitate to take similar action in any area of the country if infection rates continue to rise. Please remember, now is the time for us all to work together to get this virus under control."
The alert level will be reviewed after 28 days.
Some 142 pubs in Warrington are affected, according to data from Altus Group. Warrington joined Greater Manchester, South Yorkshire, Lancashire and the Liverpool City region, under the strictest level of coronavirus measures.
Taking the Nottingham areas into account, this will mean 4,623 of England’s pubs are under tier three restrictions – equating to about 12% of all pubs in the country.