Councilor David Meller, a cabinet member of the Stockport Council for the Economy, announced the new rules this morning (Friday), blaming the changes on rising infection rates.
This means that the borough is no longer subject to the same restrictions as the rest of the country and will instead be subject to specialized local rules.
Councilor Meller said the rule changes would go into effect tomorrow (Saturday), although this has yet to be confirmed by the government.
Stockport was subject to the same rules as Greater Manchester on July 30, but local leaders were successful in pushing for the city to be removed from the restrictions because at the time the infection rate was much lower than others boroughs.
But the number of positive tests has grown rapidly in recent weeks, and there have been more than 100 new infections per 100,000 residents in the borough in the past week.
In a Facebook post, Councilor Meller said: “Some bad news, I’m afraid.
“Stockport will be subject to additional COVID restrictions in addition to those announced earlier this week. These will be from tomorrow, time to be confirmed. ”
He explained that the city’s infection rate of 71.2 new cases per 100,000 population is still below the regional average, but is now well above the England average.
Stockport Council and Tory Borough MPs had opposed the move, saying the Borough should remain under new national measures announced by Boris Johnson earlier this week.
Hazel Grove MP William Wragg said: “I have supported Stockport council by allowing time for new national measures. I hope these measures will be with us for as short a period as possible, as I am deeply concerned about their impact on people’s livelihoods and family responsibilities. ”
The new rules mean:
- You should not host people you do not live with in your home or garden or meet them in their homes or gardens, unless you are in a supportive bubble.
- Some people can still visit your home, but only under these specific circumstances.
- Nightclubs and dance halls remain closed.
- You shouldn’t socialize with someone from another household in any public place, including pubs, bars, or restaurants, unless they are in your supportive bubble.
- You should not visit friends or family in nursing homes, except in exceptional circumstances.
- You should wear a mask on public transport and avoid car travel with people from another household when possible.
Other rules remain the same as the rest of the country, including restrictions on pubs and restaurants to offer table service only and close at 10 p.m.
To check the rules or see if you fall under an exception, visit the government website