Swathes of the North-West, Midlands and West Yorkshire have been hit with tougher Covid restrictions to curb rising rates of infection.
The new rules, which will come into force from Tuesday and affect more than three million people, prohibit socialising between households in gardens and homes in Merseyside, much of Lancashire, Bradford, Kirklees, and Wolverhampton.
Residents in these areas are also advised to only use public transport “for essential purposes”, defined as travelling to school or work, while hospitality in the North-West has been restricted to table service only amid 10pm leisure curfews.
Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, said that the Government was “acting decisively” with the introduction of the new measures, which he called on residents to follow.
“I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission,” he said.
“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’. By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”
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