If you live in Greater Manchester, can you meet people outside of your bubble?

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At midnight, new lockdowns were imposed on Wigan and Stockport following a spike in coronavirus cases. It brings the two boroughs into line with the restrictions in place in the rest of Greater Manchester.

But what does it mean if you’re planning to meet up with friends or family this weekend?

By law, people in Greater Manchester are not allowed to meet people outside of their household or to blow bubbles in a home or private garden.



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This means that you are not allowed to visit your family or friends at their home, nor to invite them to visit you, even if they live outside our area.

Fines are in place for anyone caught breaking the rules, starting from £ 100 for a first offense, doubling for any subsequent breach to a maximum of £ 3,200.

But the government is also advising residents of Greater Manchester not to socialize with people outside their homes or to blow bubbles in or outside “any public place”.

This includes pubs and beer gardens, restaurants, cafes, parks, stores, places of worship, community centers, recreation centers or places of entertainment.

In Greater Manchester, people are also advised not to visit friends or family in nursing homes except in exceptional circumstances.

In Bolton, which has the highest infection rate in the UK, additional restrictions are also in place.

They include restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars that only serve take-out food and drink.

Greater Manchester recorded 960 new cases of the coronavirus on Friday – the highest daily total since the start of the pandemic.

The 10 arrondissements are on the government’s “red alert” list.

And in Manchester, the number of cases is currently doubling from week to week.

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