Manchester is among a number of areas where a local coronavirus lockdown has been brought in.
The announcement was made at around 10pm on Thursday night with new restrictions being put in place from midnight.
Although the lockdown does not affect Liverpool directly, it will undoubtedly impact on many people’s weekend plans across the North West as a whole.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that the decision was made after a rise in cases throughout Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
On Twitter he said: “We’re constantly looking at the latest data on the spread of coronavirus, and unfortunately we’ve seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England.
“We’ve been working with local leaders across the region, and today I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee.
“Based on the data, we decided that in Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire & East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe.”
Hancock said that the spread in these areas is mostly due to households meeting together and not abiding by social distancing guidelines.
Following the announcement, this is what you can and can’t do under the new restrictions.
- You can’t meet up with other people (friends/family) inside their or your home
- You can’t have visitors to your garden
- You can still meet up with people outdoors while maintaining social distancing
- You can attend pubs and restaurants but only with your household or social bubble
Speaking after the announcement, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy 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.
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“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.
“I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old alike – to protect each other by observing these new requirements.
“They will be reviewed weekly; meaning the more we stick to them, the quicker they will be removed.
“This is a place which prides itself on looking out for each other.
“We now need to be true to that by not acting selfishly and keeping the health of others in mind at all times.”
He then later tweeted further guidance.
Many questions of clarity and explanation are being asked of the government and we will continue to update our information as and when we receive it.