Southport will be subjected to some of the toughest coronavirus restrictions in the country for up to 6 months in an announcement expected tomorrow.

As part of the Liverpool City Region, Southport will be included the strictest tier of England’s new lockdown system which is set to be announced by the government tomorrow (Monday).

The three-tier system is designed to simplify coronavirus restrictions around the country.

Local leaders are understood to have agreed the measures with central government in discussions over the weekend.

Pubs, bars, gyms, casinos and bookmakers are expected to be closed, while restaurants, schools and universities would be permitted to remain open.

Restaurants with good hygiene records and tracing systems are likely to be permitted to remain open until 10pm.

The Prime Minister has yet to sign off on the measures, but according to national media, all local leaders including those in Sefton have agreed to the measures during recent discussions.

Financial support is likely to be provided in support of local testing and ‘track-and-trace’ measures but full details have not been confirmed.

Local leaders have asked for a monthly review of the tier system, but believe the measures could be in place for up to 6 months.