What are the lockdown rules in each area?
Includes: Solihull and Sandwell boroughs
Households in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull will be banned from meeting each other from Tuesday 15th September, the Department of Health has announced.
From September 15 you must not:
- Host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble
- Meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas, unless they’re in your support bubble
Your household is defined as the people you live with and any support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight and visit public places together.
It comes as cases in Birmingham have increased rapidly.
According to NHS Digital data, the latest seven-day rate for Birmingham to September 8 showed 78.2 cases per 100,000 with 892 cases over the period – among the highest in the city since April.
The West Midlands mayor, Andy Street, announced the tougher restrictions.
The mayor said: “The following areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household.
“The ban will take effect from Tuesday 15th September, but residents are advised to avoid household mixing before then as it has been identified as one of the drivers of transmission.”
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary said: “After seeing cases in the West Midlands continue to rise, the decision has been taken in collaboration with local leaders to ban households mixing in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.
“We never take these decisions lightly but social gatherings can spread the virus quickly, and we need residents to abide by the new rules to break the chains of transmission.”
Includes: City of Manchester, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford.
In Wigan and Stockport, restrictions have now been eased to align with the rest of the country.
The following restrictions – in addition to those below – apply to Bolton:
- All hospitality venues in Bolton have been restricted to takeaway service only, meaning the closures of pubs and restaurants – bringing the town back in line with the national restrictions prior to July 4.
- All venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am.
- Visits to care homes and hospitals in Bolton will also be tightly restricted.
You must not:
- Meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble, or for other limited reasons specified in law
- Visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
You should not:
- Socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants and cafes (all of which are now takeaway-only in Bolton), shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions
- You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households. If you run such a business or organise events on their premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with Covid-19 secure guidance
- Visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should make sure that they restrict visits to these circumstances. Restrictions are tightest in this regard in Bolton
The following cannot reopen or resume:
- Skating rinks
- Bowling alleys
- Indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- Exhibition centres and conference halls
- Close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
- Wedding receptions and celebrations for more than 20 people, in the form of a sit-down meal
Trafford will remain under its existing coronavirus restrictions “following a significant change in the level of infection rates over the last few days”, Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said on September 2 following an about-turn by the Government.