Can I travel to Blackpool? Latest advice as Lancashire enters tier 3 after Nicola Sturgeon holiday warning

Lancashire has become the second area of England to be placed under the toughest tier three coronavirus restrictions. The latest measure will be implemented from 00:01 on Saturday, as it moves from Covid alert level "high" to "very high". It comes just after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned people against travelling to Blackpool after it was linked to a "large and growing" number of Scottish coronavirus cases.

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The coronavirus rate across the whole of Lancashire is 345.1 cases per 100,000, up from 241.2 in the previous week.

People in the north west county will be banned from socialising with anybody they do not live with in any indoor setting or private garden, as well as in most outdoor hospitality venues. In addition to this, people will be advised against travelling in and out of the area, unless it is necessary for work, education or caring responsibilities. Here's what we know regarding travelling to Blackpool.

Can I travel to Blackpool from Scotland?

The Department of Health and Social Care said infections are rapidly rising across the UK but the rates in Lancashire are among the highest in the country (Photo: REUTERS/Phil Noble)

People living in tier one and two across the UK are being discouraged to travel to tier three areas - which includes Blackpool - unless it is necessary. Essential reasons include work, education, accessing youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are in transit.

These same rules also apply to Scotland. About 180 Scottish residents tested positive for coronavirus having travelled to the seaside town, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warning against travelling for non-essential reasons. Ms Sturgeon said the country was at a "really critical moment", adding that the govenrment "will not shy away from doing what we think is necessary to keep the people of Scotland as safe as possible".

She said: "I need to advise you that trips to Blackpool are now associated with a large and growing number of Covid cases in Scotland. "Blackpool is being mentioned in Test and Protect conversations far more than any other location outside of Scotland." The First Minister added: "Blackpool is a place that many Scots love and like to visit, particularly at this time of year.

I suspect I was reflecting the feelings of an entire nation here!

I know everyone is tired of Covid and of all the restrictions on our lives. So I want to take a moment to say 'thank you' for the sacrifices you are making - and ask you, please, to stick with it ???? pic.twitter.com/Z54VtJFsu8

-- Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 16, 2020

"Many of us have happy childhood memories of going to see the Blackpool illuminations. "If you were thinking about going to Blackpool and haven't booked yet then please do not go this year.

"Even more specifically, because we know this is an issue and I want to be very clear about this, do not travel to Blackpool this weekend to watch the Old Firm match in a pub. "If you do that, you will be putting yourselves and you will be putting other people at risk."

What about other parts of the UK?

People living in regions under tier three lockdown or "very high" alert face the most stringent controls, including the closure of its pubs, bars, gyms and leisure centres and a ban on households mixing. For this reasons travelling in an out of these areas from any "medium" or "high risk" regions should only be limited to essential journeys.

Going on holiday is unlikely to be considered a reasonable excuse. According to official guidance, residents in a "very high alert" area should also avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK and vice versa.

Are the rules different in Wales?

People living in Wales are being advised not to travel to Blackpool as it is a tier three area. Under the new regulations, people living in areas with higher Covid infection rates in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland will not be able to travel to Wales.

In England this applies to people living in areas under "high" and "very high" alerts.

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