Millions of households in Manchester and nearby parts of northern England woke up to new lockdown rules on Friday, hastily imposed following concerns over a spike in regional coronavirus infections.
Under the measures, people from different households in the affected areas are banned from meeting indoors.
They apply to some four million people across Greater Manchester and parts of the counties of Lancashire and Yorkshire.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the restrictions were being brought in because people were “meeting and not abiding to 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,” Hancock said on Twitter.
The new restrictions come just days after Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned of a second wave of the pandemic elsewhere…
Source: Guardian Newspaper