Lancashire is likely to be announced as the latest area to move into Tier 3 of England’s lockdown restrictions, Sky News understands.
Discussions between Westminster and local leaders around the financial package are still ongoing but the decision is expected to be announced within hours.
Liverpool City Region is already under Tier 3 restrictions with other areas being moved to Tier 2.
These include London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield, and York.
Southend and Thurrock in Essex are not included in the new measures because they are unitary authorities.
Tier 2 restrictions mean people cannot meet other households socially indoors – whether at home or at other venues such as pubs.
The “rule of six” still applies in outdoor settings – as it does all over the country, and people are advised to “reduce the number of journeys where possible”.