Update on review of local restrictions

The current rules on social gatherings are to continue in East Lancashire, West Yorkshire and Leicester, following a review of all local restrictions yesterday (Thursday) by government and local authorities.

This means that people in these areas will continue to not be permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubble) within private homes or gardens. People are still able to meet others in groups up to 6 individuals, or 2 households, in outdoor public places.

The measures were announced last week to urgently tackle an increase in COVID-19 cases in these areas. With the latest data not showing any evidence of a decrease in the number of cases per 100,000 people in the area, the Health Secretary, in collaboration with local leaders, has agreed that the rules must remain in place. This is to help protect local residents, and allow more time for the changes to have an effect, cutting transmission among households.

At the request of the local authority, Preston will be now be added to the list of areas included in the ban on households gathering in each other’s homes and gardens, effective from midnight tonight. Guidance will make clear that people should not be gathering with other households anywhere indoors.

The restrictions on gatherings will be reviewed again next week with any changes to be announced by Friday 14 August.

Pools, indoor gyms and other leisure facilities will continue to remain closed in Leicester, Bradford and BlackburnShielding will also continue for individuals in Blackburn with Darwen, and Leicester City.

The full announcement can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/restrictions-on-household-gatherings-to-continue-in-parts-of-the-north-west-and-west-yorkshire

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