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Laws enforcing lockdown restrictions in parts of northern England including Greater Manchester, parts of eastern Lancashire and West Yorkshire went into effect today.As a resident of Stockport in Greater Manchester, I was eager to read what I can and cannot do – and, most importantly, when the restrictions are lifted. The new law is not the lightest, although it introduced me to a new word: belonging (a possession or property that is considered a typical characteristic of a particular way of life).

My MP, Tory William Wragg, told residents the measures will be reviewed weekly.

But the law only commits the government to do so by August 19, more than two weeks away. That doesn’t mean they won’t raise them before that, but they don’t have to.

Now it looks like I can’t meet other people from different households in areas outside of the lockdown zone, such as homes in neighboring towns not subject to the rules. Yes, this is the return of the so-called “lockdown sexual ban” as 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 ”.

The new guidelines place restrictions on Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, Wigan, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees.

Anyone breaking the rules could be fined £ 100, up to a maximum of £ 3,200 for repeat offenses.


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