Stockport will be placed back under local lockdown rules after a large rise in the coronavirus infection rate.

The rules covering most of Greater Manchester will now also apply to Stockport, a councillor has confirmed.

Coun David Meller, Stockport Council's cabinet member for the economy, announced the new rules this morning (Friday), putting the changes down to rising infection rates.

It means the borough is no longer under the same restrictions as the rest of the country and will be instead subject to specialised local rules.

Coun Meller said the rule changes would come into effect tomorrow (Saturday), although this has not yet been confirmed by the government.

Stockport was placed under the same rules as Greater Manchester on July 30, but local leaders successfully lobbied for the town to be removed from the restrictions because at the time the infection rate was far lower than in other boroughs.

But the number of positive test has risen quickly in recent weeks and there have been more than 100 new infections for every 100,000 people in the borough over the last week.

In a post on Facebook, Coun Meller said: "Some bad news, I’m afraid.

"Stockport will be subject to additional COVID restrictions on-top of the ones announced earlier this week. These will be from tomorrow, time TBC."

He said explained that the town's infection rate of 71.2 new cases for every 100,000 people is still below the regional average but is now well above the average for England.

Both Stockport Council and the borough's Tory MPs had opposed the move, arguing that the borough should stay under the new national measures announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week.

Hazel Grove MP William Wragg said: "I supported Stockport council in allowing time for new national measures to bed in. I hope these measures will be with us for as short a period as possible, as I have deep concerns about their impact on people's livelihoods and family responsibilities."

The new rules mean:

Other rules remain the same as they do in the rest of the country, including restrictions on pubs and restaurants to offer table service only and to close at 10pm.

To check the rules or see if you fall under any exceptions, go to the government's website