Garden Visits Banned In Greater Manchester Local Lockdown To Curb Coronavirus Spread
Visiting your family or friends (or anyone outside your home, for that matter) has been banned as part of a new local lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus in northern England.
From today (31 July) people living in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire should follow a new set of rules.
The government outlined that those living in the affected areas should not:
- meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble
- visit someone else's home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
- socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues - such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, 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 others. If you run such a business, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
The police will be able to take action against those that break the rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (starting at £100 - halving to £50 if paid in the first 14 days - and doubling for subsequent offences).
While separate households can't mix in gardens, they can meet in parks and outdoor spaces in groups of no more than six people, unless the group includes only people from two households.
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At all times, you should socially distance from people you do not live with - unless they are in your support bubble.
2/4 We've been working with local leaders across the region, and today I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee. Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe.- Matt Hancock (@MattHancock) July 30, 2020
People can still visit cafes, restaurants, pubs, gyms and other public places but they should only go with members of their own household.
It will be illegal for people outside of the lockdown area to visit your home. However a wedding or civil partnership ceremony, with no more than 30 people, can still go ahead with social distancing in a Covid-19 secure venue.
Separate guidance advises on the similar rules imposed in Leicester. The affected local areas include:
- Greater Manchester:
- City of Manchester
- Blackburn with Darwen
- West Yorkshire:
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