The Health Secretary said the new restrictions have been introduced in response to an increased rate of transmission in parts of Northern England. The new restrictions will affect Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire and will take effect immediately. Mr Hancock said the new spike in coronavirus infections was largely caused by people not abiding by social distancing rules.
Leicester was told shops, restaurants and hairdressers had to remain shut.
But the new local lockdown does cover a much larger area and is estimated to effect 4.5million people.
Leicester will also be bound by the new rules.
“We’ve been working with local leaders across the region, and today I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee.
“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing.
Matt Hancock said the spike had been largely caused by people ignoring social distancing
“We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.”
Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham has responded to the news and urges everyone to adhere to the new rules.
He said the measures were introduced in conjunction with the Government, and it was a joint decision.
Manchester’s Mayor Andy Burnham has responded to the announcement
Mr Burnham said: “Over recent days, there has been a marked change in the picture across Greater Manchester with regard to the spread of COVID-19.
“We have gone from a falling rate of cases in nearly all of our boroughs last week to a rising rate in nine out of ten affecting communities across a much wider geography.
“In Rochdale, the one borough where cases have fallen, they are still too high.
“We have always said that we will remain vigilant and be ready to respond quickly should the need arise. In line with that approach, I have agreed with the Health Secretary that it is right to act on the precautionary principle and introduce modest measures now to bring down the rate of new infections.
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“I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old alike – to protect each other by observing these new requirements.”
MP for Oldham, in Greater Manchester, and shadow transport minister Jim McMahon said there needs to be more clarity over what the Government is doing to support those in areas affected by new lockdown restrictions.
He tweeted: “On the face of it, for Oldham borough residents this is the same restriction announced already this week, replicated in further areas.
“As well as publishing a list, I’m sure all of us would welcome the Government adding what more they will do to support us, jobs and our economy.”