SHROPSHIRE'S hospitality sector has been dealt a blow after the government confirmed the county will be remaining in Tier 2 over Christmas.

While many hoped that Shropshire would be considered as a single entity – and not linked with Telford & Wrekin – and move back into Tier 1, it has been confirmed that it will remain in the high alert tier.

This means that north Shropshire residents will still be allowed to travel and overnight stays to other Tier 2 or 1 areas, with their family or household bubble.

Pubs and cafes that serve a substantial meal will remain open to sell alcohol, but 'wet pubs' that sell drinks only will be forced to remain closed.

The announcement, made by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, was made 24 hours after the post-lockdown review was undertaken; however, with London moving into Tier 3 last week, other areas – such as Greater Manchester – were not hopeful of a downgrade in tier status.

The next review of the tier system has been scheduled for January 1, 2021 – though the Christmas reprieve will sit in the middle of the two-week period between reviews.

Mr Hancock told the Commons on Thursday that cases are rising around the world and actions must be taken to ease pressure on the NHS at Christmas.