THE announcement that Barrow - and all of Cumbria - will be placed into Tier 2 has received backlash among the MP and business owners. The Government's decision to move Barrow into the ‘high alert’ Tier 2 from Wednesday has been labelled 'very frustrating'. Tier 2 means that hospitality venues will be allowed to stay open until 11pm – with last orders at 10pm – but only those that serve substantial meals can operate. As before, social mixing outside of households or support bubbles will not be allowed indoors and the rule of six will apply outdoors. Simon Fell, MP for Barrow and Furness said he is 'very frustrated' with the announcement that Barrow will move into the 'high alert' tier. He said: "I’m very frustrated that we’ve been put in Tier 2 - people have stuck by the rules locally and worked so hard to drive the number of cases in our community down, and it has worked. "Talking to Ministers they want to see the rate driven down even lower, but I am really concerned about the impact that Tier 2 will have on businesses in both Barrow and South Lakes. "Ultimately we have to keep people safe, but we also need to get the balance right between the new rules and support for those who need it right now - that’s what I’m going to spend the next few days lobbying Ministers on." Gary Wood, owner of The Derby Inn in Barrow which will be unable to reopen due to serving drinks only, described the news as a 'big blow' to the pub industry. He said: "I'm gutted about the announcement. I think I speak for a lot of the pubs round here in that this is a big blow. "Pubs are literally the only businesses not allowed to open when they need trade more than ever - it doesn't seem right. "Pubs in general rely on December to get them through a big portion of the year so this is going to be a massive blow to the pub trade." Mr Wood said it has been the uncertainty over the past few months which has proved most difficult. "We haven't known one week whether we're reopening or staying closed," he said. "It's the not knowing which is the worrying thing, constantly going in and out of lockdown then into tiers, we can't plan anything."