Local restrictions in Liverpool

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From Saturday 24th October 2020 gyms will be allowed to reopen and soft play areas must close. Five Lifestyles centres will reopen on Saturday 24th October 2020 with restrictions in place. Find out which Lifestyles centres will be open, what to expect and how to book.

Liverpool, along with Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral is now the ‘very high’ alert level of the Government’s new three-tier system of interventions to tackle the spread of COVID-19.

It means the city and the wider Liverpool City Region is be under the strictest set of restrictions due to the high rate of infection in the area. This started on Wednesday 14th October 2020.

The new restrictions include:

  • Pubs and bars will 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
  • Betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos will close
  • Indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, sports facilities, leisure centres will close. Update: From Saturday 24th October 2020 indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, sports facilities and leisure centres can reopen
  • Update: Soft play centres have to close from Saturday 24 October 2020
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted, although services can go-ahead with a limit of 15 people
  • People should try 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 should avoid staying 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:

  • You 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
  • 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


  • 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