Coronavirus: What you can and cannot do under the new lockdown rules – and which areas of northern England are affected | UK News

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Drastic new rules affecting parts of northern England were imposed overnight, following a spike in coronavirus cases.

The government says police forces and councils will have the power to enforce the new rules, but some exemptions will be put in place, including for vulnerable people.

But the late nature of Thursday’s announcement – done just hours before the new measures come into effect – has left many people confused.

Here’s what changes and what doesn’t.

What areas are covered by the new rules?

  • Grand Manchester – Ville de Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford
  • Lancashire – Blackburn avec Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale
  • West Yorkshire – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees
  • Leicester City and the Oadby and Wigston area (where similar rules were already in place)

What are you not allowed to do under the new rules if you live in one of the affected areas?

  • Meet people you don’t live with inside a house or garden, except where you have formed a supportive bubble. (A support bubble can be formed by an adult who lives alone, or is a single parent with dependent children, with another household of any size to form a close support network – allowing close contact with them as you see fit. would if they were members of your own household)
  • Visit someone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside the affected areas
  • Welcome people living outside the affected areas
  • Socialize with people you don’t live with in other indoor public places – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, places of recreation and entertainment or Tourist attractions. While you can always visit these places with members of your household or a bubble of support, you should avoid any interaction with others.
  • Visiting people in nursing homes, except in “exceptional circumstances”

What can you still do under the new rules if you live in one of the affected areas?

  • Go to work, continue to travel to and from your workplace
  • Meet inside your support bubble
  • Go to cafes, restaurants, gyms and other public places with members of your household
  • Meet in outdoor public spaces in groups of no more than six people, or more if the group only includes members of two households


Matt Hancock says the restrictions have been adapted in order to address “the greatest risk” of household meetings.

What are the penalties for breaking the rules?

Government says it will pass new laws to implement the new coronavirus rules, allowing the police to ask people to disperse and issue fixed penalty notices.

These fines will start at £ 100, but will be halved to £ 50 if paid within the first 14 days. They will be doubled for subsequent infractions.

Are there any exceptions to the new rules?

The government says there will be limited exemptions, which will be spelled out in law.

What if you manage an indoor room?

The government says you “must take steps to make sure people don’t interact with people they don’t live with, in accordance with COVID-19[feminine[feminine Secure guidance “.

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