URGENT UPDATE – COVID-19 Restriction – 13th October 2020

Following the PM’s statement yesterday, 12th October 2020 and the introduction of the new Tier 1, 2 and 3 restrictions, the following links are available on the gov.uk website.


PM’s announcement 12th October 2020:



Local Covid Alert levels:


Tier 1 = Medium risk

Tier 2 = High risk

Tier 3 = Very high risk


Liverpool City Region restrictions


The Liverpool City Region is at Tier 3 = Very high risk with additional local restrictions including

From Wednesday, Liverpool City Region will be placed onto the ‘Very High’ Local Covid Alert Level. The Liverpool City Region includes the local authority districts of Halton, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral, as well as the City of Liverpool.

Under the country’s new three tiered Local Covid Alert Level system, the Very High alert level applies in the areas of greatest concern.

The new restrictions for the Liverpool City Region include:

  • Pubs and bars will close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
  • Indoor gyms and fitness/dance studios, sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos will close
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside their local area, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities
  • People should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if they are resident in the Liverpool City Region and avoid staying overnight in the Liverpool City Region if they are resident elsewhere


Please check your area restrictions carefully.

If you have an examination session booked in the next 8 weeks, can you please check the Tier/Risk level your local area is in and if you are in a high risk or very high risk area or if you are in the Liverpool City Region can you please contact Head Office using the info@idta.co.uk email address to advise the Examinations Department (Elaine Holden, Emma Percy and Anne Watson).

We need to know if you are allowed to continue with the examination session.

We will be checking with our examiners to see if they are still allowed to travel.

If an examination session cannot take place with the examiner present, we can offer the option of Live Streamed or Video sessions if your school is able to open or we can cancel the session and it can be rebooked at a later date.

These are extremely difficult and complicated times and we will try to assist as much as we can. The priority must be the safety of everyone and we must comply with the new restrictions.


Thank you for your attention to this matter.