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.
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
- Blackburn with Darwen
- West Yorkshire:
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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