Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, director of public health for Lancashire, said: “We are at a critical point in this pandemic and I would urge everyone to play their part to stop the spread.
“The restrictions in tier 4 will mean even more disruption to people’s lives, and I know that this decision will bring hardship to many.
“However it is vital we get the virus under control and bring down the number of people being infected and having to be admitted to hospital.
“Tragically we are still seeing many people lose their lives as a result of this virus.
“There is hope. Already hundreds of people in Lancashire have been vaccinated, and today’s announcement about another type of vaccine is very welcome.
“I would really urge people to stick to the rules. Everyone can minimise their chances of catching Covid 19, including the new strain, by fully sticking to the guidance.
“Please follow the simple advice of washing your hands, wearing a face mask and keeping a safe space between yourself and other people.”