Great Britain

Coronavirus: New lockdown measures in North West, Midlands and Yorkshire, government announces

The government has confirmed local coronavirus restrictions will be enforced across parts of north west England, the Midlands and West Yorkshire on Tuesday to “curb rising infection rates”.  

The latest local measures will prevent multiple households in all affected areas from mixing – and see a 10pm curfew imposed on pubs and restaurants across the north west.

New lockdown restrictions will come into force on Tuesday in Merseyside, Warrington, Halton, and Lancashire – but excludes Blackpool and Greater Manchester.

People in the north west of England have been told to only use public transport for essential purposes, and residents must not socialise with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

In the Midlands, residents in Wolverhampton and Oadby & Wigston will also be banned from socialising with people outside their own households or support bubbles indoors and outdoors from Tuesday, 22 September.

Meanwhile in West Yorkshire, residents in all parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale are also banned from socialising with other households or bubbles from the same date.

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.

The minister added: “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.”

The new rules do not apply to Bolton or Greater Manchester where separate restrictions are already in place.

People who are shielding in parts of north-east Blackburn where eight wards are under local restrictions will no longer need to from 5 October, bringing them into line with the rest of Blackburn with Darwen where shielding is already due to pause Monday.

Another change announced is that individuals who are shielding in Leicester will no longer need to from 5 October.

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