New foreclosure laws for 4,000,000 in northern England come into effect tonight

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The rules were supposed to go into effect a few days ago (Photo: Reuters)

New lockdown restrictions affecting millions of people in parts of northern England come into effect at midnight tonight.

The crackdown on coronaviruses in areas such as Manchester, parts of eastern Lancashire and West Yorkshire will see people from different households banned from meeting in a private house or garden, following an increase in cases .

Ministers initially said the rules – in the 2020 Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (Northern England) Regulations – would apply from midnight on July 31, but refused to comment when asked why there was a delay in their application.

The regulation, published on Tuesday afternoon, says anyone breaking the rules could be fined £ 100 up to a maximum of £ 3,200 for a repeat offense.

Officials also declined to say on what legal basis the measures were implemented during the first five days they were supposed to be in place.

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Human rights lawyer Adam Wagner, commenting on the legislation on Twitter, said: “They come into effect and (cannot) apply to anything that happened before that. ”

The legislation places restrictions on the metropolitan, municipal and borough council areas of: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees.

But the restricted zone could change at any time, as reported by Health Secretary Matt Hancock, according to documents outlining the legislation.

Dinners sit at a restaurant in Manchester earlier this week (Photo: Reuters)

The regulations also change existing laws for Blackburn with Darwen and Bradford, meaning these areas are now subject to the same measures.

Towns and cities were initially governed by less restrictive legislation which was passed on Friday and came into force on Saturday.

Similar restrictions also apply to Leicester – which saw the first so-called ‘local lockdown’ imposed on June 29 – after another set of laws were passed on Sunday and entered into force on Monday.

The latest laws also prohibit people from meeting other people from different households in areas outside the lockdown zone, such as homes in neighboring towns not subject to the rules.

People walk past an illustration of a virus outside a regional science center, as the city and surrounding areas face local restrictions in a bid to avoid a local lockdown being imposed on the region, amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Oldham, Britain.

People walk past an illustration of a virus outside a regional science center in Oldham (Photo: Reuters)

And people cannot gather in groups of more than 30 people in public places.

Critics have called this a resurgence of the so-called “lockdown sex ban” because the law prohibits meetings between people from different households in their homes or other “private accommodation” and defines a gathering as “when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other or to undertake any other activity with each other ”.

Mr. Wagner described it as “a crazy time when criminal law is also intrusive on private rights”.

The ban does not extend to places such as hotels, campsites and guest houses or other buildings such as retirement homes.

And there are exemptions from the rules, including: for those who have formed a support bubble and have become “linked” households; for people sharing childcare tasks; to go to work; attend a birth at the mother’s request; visiting a dying loved one; to fulfill a legal obligation; relocate, care for a vulnerable person, or escape injury, illness or risk of harm.

The restrictions must be reviewed every 14 days and the first must take place before August 19.

But they could be in place for up to six months if they aren’t removed by the government first.

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