2020-10-24 11:43:19 | The latest local lockdown restrictions in Manchester, Wales, Liverpool, and South Yorkshire



Story by: Harry Yorke The Telegraph

Which areas are in local lockdown and what are the rules?

Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough

Stoke-on-Trent, Coventry and Slough moved into Tier 2 restrictions on Saturday 24 October.

Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said the infection rate in all three areas was now over 100 per 100,000 people. 

Areas in Tier 2 are banned from mixing with other households indoors.

The rule of six is applied to all gatherings outdoors, meaning separate households can still meet outdoors and in gardens with a limited size.

South Yorkshire 

South Yorkshire moved into Tier 3 on Saturday 24 October.

Areas affected include Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield.

The restrictions include a ban on households mixing and the closure of pubs and bars which do not serve meals.

They will also include the closure of betting shops, adult gaming centres, casinos and soft play centres.

Gym classes will not be allowed, but gyms will remain open.

A package of support has been agreed with the Government, including £11m for support for a localised test and trace system and £30m for support for businesses affected.

Liverpool

The Liverpool City region, which includes Knowsley, Wirral, St Helens, Sefton and Halton, has been placed under Tier 3 restrictions, or the very high alert level.

This means that all social mixing indoors and in private gardens is prohibited, and pubs and bars are closed. In addition to these measures, gyms and leisure centres, betting centres, adult game centres and casinos are also closed.

These restrictions came into effect on October 14.

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The North West and North East and Yorkshire are seeing the fastest rise in hospital cases, with Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust experiencing the steepest increase. The Trust now has more than 250 Covid-19 patients in its beds. 

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Lancashire

Lancashire has also been placed under Tier 3 restrictions. 

The Government has pledged an extra £30 million to help with the local test, trace and isolate system and will create a ministerial-led task force with additional funding to work with Lancashire leaders to support local businesses to recover over the coming six months.  

The rules:

  • People must not socialise with anybody they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.
  • People must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue.
  • All pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals.
  • People should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level or entering a very high alert level area, other than for work, education or for caring responsibilities or to travel through as part of a longer journey.
  • Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, and others should avoid staying overnight in the very high alert area.

In addition, following discussions with local leaders it was agreed that from October 19 at 12.01am:

  • The adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas must close.
  • Car boot sales are not permitted. 
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Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said: “An unrelenting rise in cases in Lancashire means we must act now, and we have worked intensively with local leaders to agree on additional restrictions.

“I know how heavy these additional challenges will weigh on everyday life for the people of Lancashire – but they are critical in bringing this virus under control.”

Greater Manchester, Warrington and Cheshire 

Greater Manchester and Warrington are under Tier 3 restrictions, while Cheshire remain under Tier 2 restrictions.

Greater Manchester movde to the “very high” alert level on Friday October 23.

Speaking at a Downing St press conference, Mr Johnson said: “That means that pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals, households can’t mix in doors, or in most outdoor settings.

“In some public outdoor spaces groups must be limited to the rule of six.



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Source References: The Telegraph

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