‘Worst fears are coming true’: Northerners fear new coronavirus restrictions

The government has announced tighter coronavirus restrictions for several areas, with many northern areas facing the tightest rules. A three-tier system was announced on 12 October, with areas classified as either a ‘medium’, ‘high’, or ‘very high’ alert. Liverpool City Region will be restricted the most, with bars and pubs closed. This comes after other regions in the north, such as the north east and Greater Manchester, having faced tighter restrictions for months. Dan MacDermid, a Newcastle resident, told The Canary: The north is always disproportionately blamed for stuff because it’s typically poorer and an easier target. Ultimately they are putting all the restrictions on it but when…

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Boris Johnson apologises for not understanding his government’s own coronavirus restrictions

The prime minister has apologised after he failed to clarify the new local lockdown measures for large parts of the North East.Ignorance is thisBoris Johnson said he “misspoke” when he was asked to explain the new rules, which were announced on Monday and will come into effect from midnight.Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner claimed Johnson did not understand the new regulations, set to put a ban on households mixing in private and also social settings, in Northumberland, Newcastle, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside, Sunderland, and County Durham.When asked by reporters to clarify whether people could meet in a pub garden, an issue one of his ministers admitted she…

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Press release: New restrictions for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds as coronavirus cases increase

Update: local authority watchlist areas 25 SeptemberNew restrictions on household mixing brought in for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds London added as an area of concern as hospital admissions rise Teesside added as an area of enhanced supportIn close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to introduce local measures in parts of the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds have been escalated to areas of intervention and London has been added…

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Press release: New restrictions for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds as coronavirus cases increase

Update: local authority watchlist areas 25 SeptemberNew restrictions on household mixing brought in for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds London added as an area of concern as hospital admissions rise Teesside added as an area of enhanced supportIn close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to introduce local measures in parts of the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds have been escalated to areas of intervention and London has been added…

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Press release: New restrictions for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds as coronavirus cases increase

Update: local authority watchlist areas 25 SeptemberNew restrictions on household mixing brought in for Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds London added as an area of concern as hospital admissions rise Teesside added as an area of enhanced supportIn close discussions with local leaders, the Health and Social Care Secretary, NHS Test and Trace, the Joint Biosecurity Centre (JBC), Public Health England (PHE) and the Chief Medical Officer for England have agreed to introduce local measures in parts of the North West and Yorkshire and the Humber.As COVID-19 cases continue to rise, Wigan, Stockport, Blackpool and Leeds have been escalated to areas of intervention and London has been added…

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Press release: Childcare to be exempt from interhousehold mixing restrictions in local areas of intervention

Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults in parts of the country with restrictions on interhousehold mixing Children under 14 will be able to be cared for by individuals outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble Arrangements must be part of a consistent childcare relationshipInformal childcare and caring arrangements will be allowed to continue across the nation, the Health Secretary has announced today.Interhousehold mixing is currently banned in some areas under local restrictions, including parts of the North West, North East, and Bolton and Leicester. From Tuesday 22 September care bubbles will be able to form in areas…

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Detailed guide: North West of England: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Lancashire, Merseyside, Warrington and Halton. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.Restrictions apply to the specified areas below.Affected local areasPendle (whole area subject to restrictions on household mixing. The following parts have additional guidance in place): Whitefield Walverden Southfield Bradley Clover Hill Brierfield Marsden Blackburn with Darwen (all areas of Blackburn and Darwen are currently subject to restrictions. The following parts are already subject to restrictions on care home visits, hospitality venues, and household mixing detailed below): Audley & Queens Park Bastwell & Daisyfield Billinge & Beardwood Blackburn…

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Detailed guide: Leicester: local restrictions

Additional businesses and venues can reopen in Leicester City from 8 and 15 September. Other restrictions remain in place.A local outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Leicester City and the borough of Oadby and Wigston. The government and local authority are acting together to control the spread of the virus in Leicester and affected surrounding areas.The next review will take place by 25 September.Read the latest information from Leicester City Council.Affected local areasLeicester (city council area) Oadby and Wigston (borough council area), from Tuesday 22 SeptemberLocal restrictionsBusiness and venue closuresThe following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected local areas:nightclubs, dance halls,…

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Detailed guide: Greater Manchester: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.Affected local areasGreater Manchester: City of Manchester Trafford Bury Tameside Rochdale Salford Oldham There is separate guidance to cover Bolton, where additional restrictions apply.Local restrictions were lifted in Stockport on 2 September and Wigan on 26 August. They align to the national restrictions with the rest of the country.Local restrictionsBusiness and venue closures and restrictionsThe following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected areas:nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques sexual entertainment venues and hostess barsSocial contact restrictionsIf…

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Detailed guide: North East of England: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in the North East of England. The government and the relevant local authorities are working together to control the spread of the virus.Restrictions and guidance apply to the specified areas below.Affected local areasDurham (County Council area) Gateshead (Metropolitan Borough Council area) Newcastle (City Council area) Northumberland (County Council area) North Tyneside (Metropolitan District Council area) South Tyneside (Metropolitan District Council area) Sunderland (City Council area)Local restrictionsBusiness and venue closures and restrictionsThe following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected areas:nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques sexual entertainment venues and hostess barsHospitality venues must only sell food and…

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