Local lockdowns extended to new areas

Date : 04 August 2020

The government’s policy of using local, rather than national “lockdowns” to control coronavirus has been extended significantly, with restrictions extended to large parts of the North of England. This represents a significant escalation, when considered in terms of geographical extent.

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The measures, which are introduced as “restrictions”, cover the following locations (note than Blackburn-with-Darwen was already under local lockdown):

  • Greater Manchester:
    • City of Manchester
    • Trafford
    • Stockport
    • Oldham
    • Bury
    • Wigan
    • Bolton
    • Tameside
    • Rochdale
    • Salford
  • Lancashire:
    • Blackburn with Darwen
    • Burnley
    • Hyndburn
    • Pendle
    • Rossendale
  • West Yorkshire:
    • Bradford
    • Calderdale
    • Kirklees

Within the listed areas, it will be unlawful to:

  • Meet persons from outside one’s household in an indoor space
  • Visit another person’s home or garden, even if outside the listed area
  • Socialise with persons from outside one’s household in a public venue (eg: a café)

Special advice is given regarding celebration of Eid. Some legal changes will be needed to enact restrictions on meeting in homes and gardens.

In a separate move, Luxembourg has been removed from the list of “safer” countries for travellers. Those entering or re-entering the UK from Luxembourg will therefore be required to self-isolate.

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