css-14iz86j-BoldText {font-weight: bold;} Portsmouth, Gosport and Havant are due to enter the highest level of coronavirus restrictions from Saturday, the Minister of Health has announced

The area is one of eight in the south of England to be moved to the third stage

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chairman of Portsmouth City Council, urged everyone to obey the rules “while we all get vaccinated against this terrible disease”

Portsmouth FC said their Boxing Day game against Swindon would now take place behind closed doors

Havant and Waterlooville FC said it was “sad to announce” that it “will not allow fans to play home games for the foreseeable future,” and Saturday’s Braintree Town game would be streamed online instead

The Kings Theater in Southsea, which opens on Aug. December launched his pantomine Dick Whittington, said his final show would be on Friday night

A statement on the theater’s Facebook page said: “We are so proud of what we achieved with our first Pompey panto, and we are devastated that the show has to close over Christmas while we are in the third stage “

The Wild Wonderland indoor game center in Gosport, which opened for the first time in October, said it was “absolutely devastated” that it could not host its first Christmas event and would be contacting customers in the coming days. p>

Portsmouth City Council said the cases of infection in the city had been in place since Aug. December rose 42%, while the 7-day rate per 100000 inhabitants was twice that of Southampton

Mr Vernon-Jackson said the increase was due to ‘social and geographic disparities’ but added:’ Portsmouth has shown time and again this year that by acting together we can slow the spread of this disease, so I have any belief that we can do it again We must “

He later added, “Our hospital has done an excellent job, but they are under significant pressure Even if our numbers are below other locations, the government can simply decide to save the hospital by taking us to level three”

“We are not involved in any decision-making process I think it is probably best to consult and involve people in order to support the decisions made, but the government has chosen not to consult They will only do to us what they think is right “

Stephen Morgan, Portsmouth South Labor MP, said: “It was only two weeks ago that the government falsely claimed they had the pandemic under control. The city council also said wildly that Portsmouth could move up to the first tier

“Ministers now need to get this virus under control so that our NHS can be protected and our city’s economy recovered faster”

The changes mean pubs and restaurants will have to close, except for delivery and takeaway, as will indoor entertainment venues

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Portsmouth Tier 3

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