Covid-19: ban on mixing households in Wigan, Stockport and Blackpool


Coronavirus restrictions are to be tightened again in Stockport and Wigan and introduced in Blackpool for the first time amid the increase in cases.

People will be prohibited from mixing with other households in their homes or private gardens after midnight.

Wigan’s weekly infection rate rose to 107 cases per 100,000 on September 20. Stockport had 71 cases per 100,000 in the same week and Blackpool had 70.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the measures would be kept under review.

Similar rules are already in place in Greater Manchester and the rest of Lancashire.

Bolton has stricter restrictions, including take-out bars and pubs only.

Mr Hancock said it would be “hard news” for people, but the government has not taken these decisions lightly.

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy tweeted: “I know how difficult it is, but to keep the NHS from being overwhelmed, please follow the instructions. “

The new measures are in addition to national restrictions, including the rule of 6 and a 10 p.m. curfew for bars and restaurants.

Hazel Grove Conservative MP William Wragg said he argued that national measures should have been allowed “in bed first” and hoped it would be “reviewed frequently” and lifted as soon as possible.

Mr Hancock said he was placing restrictions on mixing between households in Stockport, Wigan, Blackpool and also Leeds.

People living in these regions:

Support bubbles will not be affected by the new rules, and friends and family can still provide informal child care for children under 14.

There are also exemptions for professional purposes or to provide care to a vulnerable person.


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