A number of cities across England and Wales are the latest facing new restrictions to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
Local bans will begin in Leeds in West Yorkshire, Llanelli in Carmarthenshire and Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool in Lancashire from Saturday 26 September.
The two largest cities of Wales, Cardiff and Swansea, will follow suit the following day (September 27th). London was also highlighted as an area of concern, and Teesside as an area with increased support from the Department of Health and Welfare.
In addition to the national “rule of six” and the curfew at 10 p.m., the areas are subject to the following restrictions:
Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool
As of Saturday, Wigan and Stockport, which were exempt from a lockdown against Greater Manchester, will now face the same restrictions as the rest of the region.
Blackpool, which was unrestricted in the rest of Lancashire, will join the rest of the county to follow the same rules.
This means that residents of these three areas are not allowed to come into contact with other people outside of their own household or to support the bubble in private homes and gardens.
Locals are also advised to use public transport only for essential purposes such as B. to travel to school or to work, and to avoid attending amateur sports events.
The ban already exists in the city of Manchester, Merseyside, parts of Cheshire, Trafford, Bury, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford, Bolton, Oldham, Preston, Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle.
Leeds will start complying with the restrictions currently in place in Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford as of Saturday.
City residents are prohibited from interacting with other people outside of their own household or from supporting the bubble in private homes and gardens.
They are also advised not to socialize with anyone outside of their household in public places, including bars, restaurants, and parks.
The Department of Health and Welfare said some stations in West Yorkshire were exempt from the existing gathering restrictions introduced in early August, but those stations will now also be subject to the ban.
As announced this week, childcare bubbles can be formed to help families look after children under the age of 14, as long as their caregivers are consistent. This includes formal and informal childcare arrangements.
Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli
Llanelli will be locked on-site from 6pm on Saturday, followed by Cardiff and Swansea 24 hours later.
The Welsh Government has confirmed that people cannot enter or leave the areas without a proper apology.
They cannot hang out with someone they do not live with indoors as extended households are suspended.
These areas are added to the list of Welsh already restricted areas – Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Caerphilly.
Areas elsewhere that are already blocked:
Birmingham, Solihull, Sandwell and Wolverhampton in the West Midlands remain areas of intervention with restrictions on the mixing of households with private homes.
Stoke on Trent has been removed from the watch list.
In the East Midlands, Leicester, Oadby and Wigston remain intervention areas, but Corby and Northampton have been removed from the watch list.
Blaby remains an area of expanded support, which means that additional support for testing and tracing will be provided in that area.
In the northeast, South Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne, Sunderland, North Tyneside, Northumberland and County Durham remain as intervention areas.
Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees, Darlington, Redcar and Cleveland have been expanded to areas of increased support.