The Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced changes to rules on gatherings in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire after seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases.
The announcement impacts on the households of 287,000 Stockport residents and follows an increasing trend in the number of cases per 100,000 people. Data from Public Health England and the JBC suggests transmission among households is a key infection pathway in the area.
New restrictions, which will be legally enforceable, mean people in some areas of the North including Greater Manchester will not be permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens with some exemptions for the vulnerable. Households may go to hospitality, for instance bars and pubs, but new guidance will make clear that two households should not go to hospitality together and must maintain social distancing.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast this morning, Andy Burnham said he agreed with the action quick taken by the Secretary of State and the decision to review the situation weekly. He also reiterated the need to follow guidance.
The full regulations, due to be published shortly, will give local authorities and police forces the powers to enforce these restrictions.
Anyone with any symptoms must isolate immediately and get a test for free by going online or ringing 119. Everyone must continue to socially distance and regularly their wash hands to help bring this virus down further so all areas of Leicester can return to normal as soon as possible.
Full details on new rules can be found on the government website.