Bradford, Calderdale and the Kirklees are among a number of Northern towns and cities who are facing tightened lockdown restrictions.
Following increasing infection rates among various towns, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced that people living within Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Greater Manchester, Blackburn, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale will no longer be allowed to meet with others in separate households indoors.
Previous relaxed rules meant that two households could meet with one another indoors, with no limit on the number of people within those two households. Now, as a result of high transmission rates between families in towns such as Oldham, residents must revert back to former lockdown rules, where you could meet with up to six outdoors. The new restrictions also mean you may no longer meet with other households in pubs, restaurants, shops or places of worship.
Speaking of the decision, Hancock said: “The spread is largely due to households meeting and no abiding to social distancing,”, after confirming an “increasing rate of transmission” had taken place in the selected areas.
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham confirmed in a statement the new rules would be reviewed weekly.
The UK has reported 45,999 COVID related deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.