Pubs, bars and restaurants in Southport and the surrounding areas are preparing for the worst ahead of an expected full lockdown announcement early next week.

OTS News understands bars are already reassessing how much stock they need to order pending an announcement, expected Monday, which could tell them to fully close for at least two weeks.

Only takeaways would be allowed under the ‘top tier’ restrictions set to be imposed on areas that are currently classed as high risk, one of which is Southport.

Hospitality workers and venue owners across the North of England are demanding clarity from the government after being told they might be closed down next Monday.

There is already a local emergency fund of £40m that has been established this week in the Liverpool city region for the hospitality sector but people’s anger is now directed towards national government.

Ministers are understood to still be finalising a traffic light system plan where different areas of England with the highest infection rates would see the tightest restrictions.

Every town or city that falls into that category has business owners and employees in the hospitality sector who want to know what’s happening. They can’t afford to wait until Monday.