A ban on indoor household gatherings has been announced as part of new restrictions for the north of England after a peak in coronavirus cases.
It will be illegal to meet in places, such as pubs and restaurants, in the area of Liverpool City, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock told MPs he wanted the rules to stay in place “for the shortest possible time.”
He also “advised against any social mix between households”.
People should also:
- Do not attend amateur sporting events as spectators
- Only visit retirement homes in exceptional circumstances
- Adhere to the advice against all travel except essential travel
Mr Hancock told the House of Commons: ‘Earlier this week we introduced new measures in the North East, but in parts of Teesside and North West England cases continue to increase rapidly. “
“Necessary” rule changes
He said “together we must act” because the number of cases in Liverpool is 268 per 100,000 inhabitants.
“Together with council leaders and mayors, I am today extending these measures which have existed in the North East since the start of this week to the area of Liverpool City, Warrington, Hartlepool and Middlesbrough. ”
Mr Hancock said £ 7million funding would be provided to support the affected areas.
“I know individual rules are difficult, but they are necessary and there are early signs that they are working,” Hancock added.