Nottinghamshire moves into tier 3 restrictions tomorrow, potentially shutting more than 800 wet-led pubs and bars in the region unless they can operate as restaurants.

Nottingham City, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe council entered the very high alert level overnight, with the rest of the county to follow after midnight on Friday.

West Yorkshire is expected to follow into the designation within days.

Altus Group said the restrictions would impact 784 pubs and 12 wine bars.

Under tier 3, wet-led pubs and bars must close, unless they can operate as if a restaurant and serve a ‘substantial’ meal.

Extra rules include England’s first virus-related ban on off-licence alcohol sales after 9pm.

The alcohol restriction was proposed by local police to stop street disorder and house parties.

Nottinghamshire is expected to receive £8 a head for test and trace and a further £20 a head for business support, the same as in other tier 3 areas, which equates to about £32m in total for the region.

Nottingham South MP Lilian Greenwood said: “Unfortunately I fear this Government won’t do what’s needed on financial support or test and trace, but we have to hope the Tier 3 restrictions work at getting the virus under control.

“Otherwise we’ll all suffer and still end up with a further lockdown.”

The new ruling brings Nottinghamshire to the same level as the Liverpool City Region, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Warrington and South Yorkshire.