BRIGHTON and Hove residents were sent an update as the government's new three-tier coronavirus alert system came into effect today.

The message was sent via the NHS Test and Trace app to say the alert level in the area had been updated to "medium risk".

This is tier one, the lowest tier of the government's new system.

All parts of Sussex are in this tier.

The message on the Test and Trace app read: "BN1 is in Local Covid Alert Level - Medium. Your area has coronavirus cases.

"Your area is in line with national restrictions."

This means that no additional lockdown restrictions will be introduced in the area.

Residents will still be expected to adhere to the rule of six and hospitality venues must continue to close at 10pm.

In the seven days leading up to October 10, there were 68 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people in Brighton and Hove.

The average area in England recorded 81.

In Liverpool, there were 635 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 people in the seven days leading up to October 10.

Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton are the only areas which have been placed in tier three, "very high risk".

In these areas, pubs and bars must close and 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".

The Argus:

Alcohol can only be served with a meal.

Wedding receptions are not allowed and people must not meet with anybody from another household in any indoor or outdoor setting - public or private.

Residents are also urged to avoid travelling outside the "very high risk" area.