Local restrictions in Lancaster

Local restrictions in Lancaster

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Restrictions from Saturday 17th October 2020

Lancaster, along with the rest of Lancashire, is being placed into the ‘very high’ alert level of the Government’s new three-tier system of interventions to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

It means our city and the wider Lancashire region will, from Saturday 17th October, be under the strictest set of restrictions due to the high rate of infection in the area.

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.
  • 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 Lancaster district and avoid staying overnight in the Lancaster district if they are resident elsewhere.

In addition:

  • You must not socialise with anybody you do not 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.

We are working through the guidance for each restriction and what this means and will share more updates and information as soon as we can.


Further questions?

We understand you may have queries about your visit to Lancaster, and our friendly Visitor Information Team will be available during the week:

  • Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am – 4pm by phone on 01524 582808
  • Any weekday between 10am and 4pm by email lancastervic@lancaster.gov.uk
  • You can also contact our Visitor Information Team via Facebook or Twitter

(Please note: Our centre remains closed to face-to-face visitors for the time being.)


Thank you and stay safe.

The VisitLancaster team x