The following is correct as of 20 October 8pm. For the most up to date information on restrictions, visit the Government website.
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, has announced a new three-tier restriction system of measures for England aimed at combatting the second rise in COVID-19 cases.
They will have implications for the Liverpool City Region (Merseyside and Halton) from 14 October, which will be placed in the highest restriction level, Tier 3 (Very High alert level). Lancashire will be Tier 3 from 17 October. Greater Manchester will be Tier 3 from 23 October. South Yorkshire will be Tier 3 from 24 October.
Full details on Merseyside and Halton restrictions are available on the Government web site at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high-liverpool-city-region and St Helens Council website at https://www.sthelens.gov.uk/coronavirus/latest-updates-and-information/
For most of England, Tier 1 (Medium Alert Level) guidance can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-medium
For Tier 2 (High Alert Level) guidance visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-high
For Tier 3 (Very High Level) generic guidance visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-level-very-high
Full details of all local restrictions across England can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19
Restrictions will initially be for a month but may be extended to up to six months.
The Scottish government has announced a similar 3-tier system will be introduced there later in October.
The NHS Medical Director, Stephen Powis, stated earlier that more people are now in hospital with COVID-19 than there were before the country's initial lockdown in March. He added that case numbers are also rising markedly in areas of northern England.
NHS Nightingale hospitals put on stand-by in Manchester, Sunderland and Harrogate.
Most A-level and GCSE exams in England will be delayed by three weeks in 2021.
The Prime Minister's Statement to the House of Commons in full can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-commons-statement-on-coronavirus-12-october-2020