Parts of the North West, West Yorkshire and the Midlands have been placed under further localised coronavirus restrictions.
The new measures have been confirmed by the Department for Health following consultation with local councils and MPs.
Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton are now being classed as “areas of intervention”, and fresh restrictions will come into force in Wolverhampton, Oadby & Wigston, and parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.
Regulations and guidance differ between the areas, but all are due to come into force from Tuesday.
The North West
In Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), the following restrictions will be enforced from Tuesday:
- residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens
- hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
- late night operating hours will be restricted, with leisure and entertainment venues including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, required to close between 10pm to 5am
- residents are encouraged to only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
- residents are being urged to avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
In Wolverhampton and Oadby & Wigston, residents will be banned from Tuesday from socialising with outher people outside their own households or support bubbles in private homes and gardens.
All parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale will be banned from Tuesday from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.
Previously, some wards in these areas had been exempt from restrictions introduced at the start of August but these exemptions will no longer apply.
Announcing the new restrictions, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.
“Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.
“I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission.
“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’.
“By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”
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