Detailed guide: North of England: local restrictions


An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston, and West Yorkshire. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.

If you live in these parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston and West Yorkshire, you should follow these rules when meeting people who you do not live with. There is separate guidance to cover Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle, and Bolton (where additional restrictions apply to some parts) and Leicester.

The local business and venue closures no longer apply to the affected areas.

Affected local areas

  • Greater Manchester:
  • Lancashire:
  • West Yorkshire:
    • Bradford in the following wards:
      • Bolton and Undercliffe
      • Bowling and Barkerend
      • Bradford Moor
      • Eccleshill
      • Idle and Thackley
      • Little Horton
      • Great Horton
      • Queensbury
      • Royds
      • Tong
      • Wibsey
      • Wyke
      • City
      • Clayton and Fairweather Green
      • Heaton
      • Manningham
      • Thornton and Allerton
      • Toller
      • Keighley Central
      • Keighley East
      • Keighley West
    • Calderdale in the following wards:
      • Park
      • Warley
      • Northowram and Shelf
      • Town
      • Ovenden
      • Illingworth and Mixenden
      • Skircoat
      • Sowerby Bridge
    • Kirklees in the following wards:
      • Dewsbury East
      • Dewsbury West
      • Dewsbury South
      • Batley East
      • Batley West

Local areas no longer affected

On 2 September local restrictions were lifted in the following areas. The restrictions outlined on this page no longer apply in these areas and they align with the rest of the country:

  • Greater Manchester:
    • Stockport
    • Wigan (restrictions were removed on 26 August)
  • Lancashire:
    • Burnley
    • Hyndburn
    • Rossendale (restrictions were removed on 26 August)
  • West Yorkshire:
    • Bradford in the following wards:
      • Worth Valley
      • Craven
      • Ilkley
      • Baildon
      • Bingley
      • Bingley Rural
      • Shipley
      • Wharfedale
      • Windhill and Wrose (restrictions were removed on 3 September)
    • Calderdale in the following wards:
      • Brighouse
      • Calder
      • Elland
      • Greetland and Stainland
      • Hipperholme and Lightcliffe
      • Luddendenfoot
      • Rastrick
      • Ryburn
      • Todmorden
    • In Kirklees in the following wards:
      • Heckmondwike
      • Greenhead
      • Denby Dale
      • Golcar
      • Holme Valley North
      • Almondbury
      • Crosland Moor and Netherton
      • Mirfield
      • Ashbrow
      • Birstall and Birkenshaw
      • Dalton
      • Liversedge and Gomersal
      • Lindley
      • Newsome
      • Cleckheaton
      • Colne Valley
      • Holme Valley South
      • Kirkburton

Local restrictions

Business and venue closures

The following business and venues can now open or restart in all the affected areas:

  • casinos
  • skating rinks
  • bowling alleys
  • indoor play areas, including soft play areas
  • indoor performances
  • close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
  • wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down meal

In Bradford (within the areas outlined above), the following businesses and venues can now open:

  • indoor gyms
  • indoor fitness and dance studios
  • indoor sports courts and facilities
  • indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks

Social contact restrictions

If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless theyre in your support bubble
  • meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless theyre in your support bubble

Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.

A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • 100 for the first offence, lowered to 50 if paid within 14 days
  • 200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 3,200

The government has also introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30 people. Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and Police may issue fines of 10,000 to those who break the law.

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law:

  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mothers request
  • to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, (see guidance on working safely in other peoples homes or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

From Monday 14 September, in line with the new rules across the whole of England, you must not meet in a group of more than 6 people in any location (other than specific exemptions, set out in the national guidance). However, for people who live in the affected areas, we continue to advise that you should not:



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