Can’t keep up with the lockdown rule changes? We’re with you. Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale have been placed back under strict local lockdown restrictions – with all residents now unable to mix with other households (again).
Announcing the news just today, Matt Hancock revealed that the UK is seeing huge spikes in infection rates across the country, with Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton identified as the biggest problem areas. Placing Lancashire, Merseyside and Warrington under stricter restrictions similar to those imposed on Bolton just weeks ago, residents in these areas with now no longer be able to mix with other households – with pubs, bars and restaurants now being ordered to close by 10pm each night.
The curfew has not been extended to West Yorkshire, however, it was reported earlier this week that similar curfews could be implemented nationwide if cases do not begin to decrease.
Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale were already ordered to follow the same restrictions just weeks ago. A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care announced today: “All parts of Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, will now be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens, from 22 September.
“Some wards in these areas had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of August, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban.”
Although cases are rising rapidly across Leeds, the city narrowly missed being added to the list.
Matt Hancock said of the new restrictions: “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.
“I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission.
“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’. By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”
Kirklees officials have officially reached out to the government to appeal the decision, requesting more clarity on the decision making process for local lockdowns, Councillor Shabir Pandor has confirmed.
[Featured image: Bradford Council]