WORCESTERSHIRE will be placed under stricter tier 3 restrictions following an announcement by Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
The county has been under tier two restrictions since the national lockdown ended earlier this month but will move up a tier from midnight tonight following a rise in cases.
Tier three restrictions ban households from mixing indoors and outdoors but up to six people could meet in outdoor spaces such as parks or public gardens.
Pubs and restaurants will all have to close except for those offering a takeaway or delivery service.
Indoor entertainment venues such as cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys, soft play areas and bingo halls will all be forced to close.
The latest infection rate for Worcestershire was 214.3 cases per 100,000 people in the week up to December 24.
A total of 1,277 cases were recorded in the county in the week according to Public Health England.