Half of the houses are classified as being in the district of West Lancashire, and the other half are in Greater Manchester, an area with one of the highest infection rates in England.
On Friday, people living in Greater Manchester, as well as parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, were told that unlike most countries they are not to meet people from other households in a home or a private garden, nor socialize with them in another interior. public places.
But half of the residents of Delphside Road are baffled that their neighbors who are considered to be living in West Lancashire can move around as before, but they cannot.
Stewart Frodsham’s lost freedoms disrupt not only his family life, but potentially his work as well. He often relies on his parents and close in-laws to care for his six-year-old son, Thomas.
Speaking to Sky News, he said: “My mom lives a few blocks away and my wife’s mom lives in town and we can’t take our six year old to see them. We are faced with this choice, break the rules and do it anyway or one of us is not going to work.
“It seems really strange that you gave it to you a few weeks ago and took it away. ”
Stewart’s mother and father, Ann and William, can’t wait to see their grandson again. Although they are just minutes away, their postcode places them in West Lancashire. Both are over 70 years old and lacked social contact during the coronavirus confinement.
Even their golden wedding anniversary was celebrated on its own. The sweet relief of seeing their grandchildren last week was shattered when restrictions on Stewart’s family took effect.
Speaking to Sky News, Ann said it was “depressing” to return to what looks like lockdown again.
“We just feel like we’re back to square one,” she said. “We thought we were making progress, we just feel like it was picked up. We feel mixed up, really – one minute they say this and one minute they say the other. ”
William can’t wait to reunite with his grandchildren.
“It hits you, doesn’t it?” We had them for a spell and now they’ve been taken from us again, ”he said. “I don’t understand, we got away and we hid, and even if they came or could come, they would always keep their distance. We just want to be able to see them. “
The border between the counties is marked by an underground drain. Both sides are already used to having different waste collectors.
Steve Martland at number seven is renovating his garden ready to receive guests. This is something he is still allowed to do as he is classified as living in West Lancashire.
He feels for residents who must obey the new restrictions, but likes to cheekily remind them of his privileges every now and then.
Speaking to Sky News, he said their smile was the least he could do. “I smile at them as they walk down the street, just checking they have their passports as they cross over to West Lancs,” he said.
“To be honest it’s always been weird, like when the trash men come in there’s always two lots. It’s strange but we continue. It doesn’t really bother me too much, you can still see them if you walk past their houses and wave and say hello.
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“I tell them sometimes to come back to their own end and they laugh. We are in a narrow street, when it was victory day we all had a quiz and a song outside.
There is no time limit on the duration of the implementation of the new rules. So, for now, families like the Frodshams, and others in their half of the streets, have no choice but to adjust while those who don’t have to abide by the restrictions consider themselves lucky. .