The government has announced new restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus in Greater Manchester and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
But what restrictions have been imposed, which areas are affected and what does all this mean for the people living there?
- 1 What has the government announced?
- 2 Which areas are affected?
- 3 What does this mean for the people in the affected areas?
- 4 Does this mean that two households cannot meet at all?
- 5 Can people in the affected areas travel outside the affected areas and vice versa?
- 6 Did shops, bars, restaurants and other local businesses have to close?
- 7 What if I have shielded? Can I quit the rest of England on August 1st?
- 8 Are nursing home visits allowed?
- 9 What about places of worship?
- 10 Why were the new restrictions introduced?
- 11 How are the restrictions enforced?
- 12 How quickly does the virus spread?
- 13 What is going on in Leicester?
What has the government announced?
Health Minister Matt Hancock said Thursday that people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire will be prohibited from meeting indoors from midnight.
Which areas are affected?
The new restrictions apply to Greater Manchester, including the city of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford.
They also apply to Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale in Lancashire and Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees in West Yorkshire.
Similar restrictions apply to Leicester, where the first so-called “local lock” was imposed on June 29.
What does this mean for the people in the affected areas?
Government guidelines released on Friday state that it is against the law for people from different households (i.e., those who do not live together) to meet in a home or garden, unless they are part of a support bubble.
Does this mean that two households cannot meet at all?
The guidelines state that up to two households or six people from any number of households can meet outdoors – but not in people’s gardens. It is said that people should continue to distance themselves socially from everyone they do not live with and avoid physical contact.
On Friday morning, Mr. Hancock told the BBC that two households can still meet “socially distant at a public place outdoors,” for example in a park with plenty of space, a meeting with another household in pub gardens, or However, outdoor dining is not allowed in the newly closed area of the northwest.
Can people in the affected areas travel outside the affected areas and vice versa?
Mr. Hancock said that people can still travel “for work”.
He said, “Strictly speaking, the law we are introducing is that two households cannot meet in the defined area, but obviously two households that meet should follow the social distance guidelines.”
When asked specifically at the BBC breakfast whether a household from Greater Manchester, for example, could go to a household outside of one of the affected areas, he said: “Follow the rules of social distancing.”
The instructions state that it is illegal for people outside the “restricted area” to visit people inside the affected areas at home.
The guide also states that for weddings, people can travel inside and outside the restricted areas and that people from outside of the affected areas may participate, but should not go to a private home or garden.
People can also travel inside and outside the funeral restricted areas, the guide says.
People in the affected areas are also advised not to share a vehicle with people outside their home.
If necessary, you should take precautions, e.g. B. stick to small groups of people at the same time, open windows for ventilation, wear face coverings and travel side by side or behind other people.
Did shops, bars, restaurants and other local businesses have to close?
No, unlike the Leicester Lockdown, this didn’t happen. While these places remain open, people are encouraged to only go with members of their own household and to maintain social distance from others.
People can still visit restricted areas for the holidays, the government says, but must “avoid contacting people indoors if they do.”
In Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford, gyms, gyms and dance studios, sports fields and facilities, and indoor pools, including indoor facilities in water parks, must remain closed.
What if I have shielded? Can I quit the rest of England on August 1st?
Government guidelines state that screening will continue for people living in Blackburn with Darwen in the Northwest “and other locally affected areas across England”.
However, news agency PA believes that the interruption of the shielding recommendation will cover areas in north-west England and Yorkshire where new restrictions have been introduced.
The government will write to clinically vulnerable people living in areas where additional public health measures require further shielding.
Are nursing home visits allowed?
People should not visit nursing homes in the affected areas “except under exceptional circumstances,” the guidelines say.
What about places of worship?
People can continue to visit churches, mosques, and other places of worship, but must distance themselves socially from those outside of their household, and the government recommends that “prayer / worship be held outdoors, if possible.”
Muslims who take an oath in the affected areas are encouraged not to host or visit friends and family in each other’s houses or gardens, or to meet friends and family elsewhere – including restaurants or cafes.
Why were the new restrictions introduced?
In a series of tweets, Mr. Hancock said that there was an increasing transmission rate in parts of Northern England.
He said this was because “households are collecting and not complying with social distancing rules” and the new rules are being introduced to “keep the country safe”.
Mr Hancock told BBC Breakfast that a second wave of coronaviruses is “not yet” going on in the UK and added: “These measures are being taken very strongly to prevent a second wave – we can see this second wave in Europe.
“We are absolutely committed to ensuring people’s safety.”
How are the restrictions enforced?
The government has announced it will pass new laws to enforce the changes, which means the police can take action against those who break the rules.
How quickly does the virus spread?
According to the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE), the infection rate is increasing in 13 of the 19 municipalities in the areas where the new measures are being introduced.
In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate increased from 83.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 20 to 89.3 in the seven days to July 27. A total of 133 new cases were registered.
Leicester has the second highest 7-day rate, although it has dropped from 67.8 per 100,000 population to 60.2 over the same period, with 214 new cases.
During the same period, the rate also rose in Manchester, Burnley, Pendle, Bradford, Calderdale, Oldham, Bury, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, but fell in Hyndburn, Rossendale, Kirklees, Bolton and Rochdale.
Rochdale, Oldham, Blackburn and Pendle were on a PHE watchlist as “problem areas” after increased infection rates.
What is going on in Leicester?
The DHSC announced that restaurants, cafes, bars and hairdressers in Leicester can be reopened on Monday to ease restrictions across the rest of the country on July 4th.
Leisure centers, gyms and pools will remain closed, but cinemas and museums will open and religious ceremonies can take place, he added.
The department said all local restrictions currently in place in the neighboring neighborhoods of Oadby and Wigston will end.
But Mr. Hancock said that the social gathering restrictions imposed on Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire will also apply to the city of Leicester.