Bars and pubs across Lancashire will close as it is set to move into tier 3 of England’s lockdown system.

From midnight tonight (16 October), the county – which includes towns such as Blackpool, Blackburn and Fleetwood – will become the second region to enter the “very high” alert level of coronavirus restrictions, joining the Liverpool City Region.

The move, which is expected to be announced in a formal statement by the government later today, was decided after local leaders agreed it was necessary in talks with the Prime Minister this morning.

Under tier 3, people are banned from socialising with other households indoors and in private gardens, and pubs are expected to close unless they can operate as restaurants.

Ahead of the implementation of new restrictions, it is understood that an additional fiscal support package has been agreed for the county, extra support will also be applied to enhance local test and trace, and a specific ministerial team will be responsible for managing and monitoring the region.

The news comes as talks between Westminster and leaders in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on new coronavirus rules on Thursday.

Responding to the standoff between regional leaders and central government, foreign secretary Dominic Raab has said that ministers have the “power to proceed” with tier 3 restrictions in Manchester despite local opposition.

“We’ll keep talking, we’ll keep working,” he said. “Obviously, in the last resort the government has the powers to proceed in any event. But we’d much rather work with the local leaders if at all possible.”