Local lockdown restrictions announced in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire

People from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire are not allowed to meet each other indoors in the latest local lockdown measures that have been brought in.

The areas that the latest restrictions apply to are Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock explained that the latest rules were being put in place to keep people safe amid the rise in the transmission rate of coronavirus in a series of tweets posted on Thursday 30 July.

Taking to Twitter before the restrictions were put in place at midnight, Mr Hancock said: "We’re constantly looking at the latest data on the spread of coronavirus, and unfortunately we’ve seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England."

“We’ve been working with local leaders across the region, and today I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee. Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe," he added.

Explaining that the decision had been made with "a heavy heart", Mr Hancock continued to tweet: “The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas. We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.”

Following the announcement, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham clarified the local restrictions.

"No visitors to your home or garden from tonight, you can go to the pub but stay within your household/bubble and further openings planned for 1/8 on hold," he shared in a post on Twitter.