Manchester is facing severe lockdown restrictions while other regions of the UK have seen coronavirus restrictions eased in recent weeks. However, according to the latest statistics, Oldham is a town potentially on the verge of a full local lockdown. But is Manchester still in local lockdown and when is the next review of these measures?
Is Manchester still under local lockdown restrictions?
The Government imposed local lockdown measures across areas of the north of England at the end of July and are still in place today.
The restrictions on social contact meant those living in the affected areas are not permitted to meet people they do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble.
Residents are not permitted to visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas.
In addition, people cannot socialise with people they do not live with in any indoor venue but can attend these venues with members of their household.
Visits to care homes should also be restricted or avoided entirely.
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The affected regions in Manchester and infection rates as are as follows:
- City of Manchester: 44.7 cases per 100,000 people
- Trafford: 26.9 cases per 100,000
- Stockport: 22.2 cases per 100,000
- Oldham: 108.4 cases per 100,000 people
- Bury: 28.3 cases per 100,000 people
- Wigan: 9.1 cases per 100,000 people
- Bolton: 25.0 cases per 100,000 people
- Tameside: 31.8 cases per 100,000 people
- Rochdale: 46.3 cases per 100,000 people
- Salford: 32.8 cases per 100,000 people.
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But not everyone appears to be adhering to coronavirus lockdown restrictions according to recent reports.
Greater Manchester Police were called to “several house parties and gatherings” last night, including a wedding with more than 50 guests.
The body said they received 54 reports of coronavirus breaches between 3pm and 11pm on Sunday (August 16).
Police were also called to a wedding where a marquee had been put up for more than 50 guests and they issued three fixed penalty notices last night and both the landlord and wedding organiser were fined.
When will local lockdown restrictions be reviewed?
In total, almost three million Mancunians are no longer permitted to visit one another’s homes.
Reviews about restrictions are conducted on a rolling biweekly basis.
This means the first review will happen no later than Wednesday, August 19, but could be called earlier.
The decision will be made by senior Public Health England officials including the Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, senior civil servants and relevant Secretaries of State.
The Government has the power to keep lockdown restrictions in place for six months, but if the situation improves it is likely they will be eased ahead of this time.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said he believes some restrictions will be eased soon.
In particular, Mr Burnham believes rules banning people from mixing with other households, apart from support bubbles, in homes or gardens will soon be relaxed.
He said: “Hopefully, we will begin to see some people getting released.
“If things stay as they are I think it is likely that we would see a change.”