Households in Merseyside, Warrington, Halton and Lancashire (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), are banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble.
From September 22, the following additional restrictions also apply to these areas:
- Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only.
- A 10pm curfew on restaurants, pubs, and cinemas. The curfew will be in place between 10pm-5am
Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:
- Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
- Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said on September 18: “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.”
In Wolverhampton and Oadby & Wigston residents will be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens from September 22.
- Individuals who are shielding in Leicester City will no longer need to from October 5.
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 September 22.
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.
Households in Northumberland, North Tyneside, South Tyneside, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Gateshead, Sunderland and County Durham should not socialise with other people outside of their household or support bubbles.
From September 18, the following additional restrictions also apply to these areas:
- Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only
- A curfew on pubs, restaurants and other leisure and entertainment venues. The curfew will be in place between 10pm-5am
All of these areas have seen a significant increase in cases, with Sunderland now having an incidence rate of 103 per 100,000 of population. In South Tyneside, Gateshead and Newcastle, this rate is above 70.
Announcing the restrictions, Mr Hancock said: “I know that these decisions have a real impact on families, on businesses and local communities. And I can tell everyone effected that we do not take these decisions lightly.
“We agree with the local councils that we must follow the data and act. And the data says we must act now so we can control the virus and keep people safe.
“I know that the people of the North East will come together to defeat this virus, as defeat it we must.”