Heather Jameson 31 July 2020

Hancock's new rules to halt COVID spread

Hancocks new rules to halt COVID spread image

New rules on social gatherings have been introduced in Northern England as the number of COVID cases has started to rise.

The health secretary made the announcement late last night as the number of cases per 100,000 population increased.

The new rules cover:

  • Greater Manchester
  • Pendle
  • Hyndburn
  • Burnley
  • Rossendale
  • Blackburn with Darwen
  • Bradford
  • Calderdale
  • Kirklees

The rules have also been introduced to Leicester City, which previously had stricter lockdown rules imposed.

Under the new rules, people will not be allowed to mix in private homes or gardens, but shops and the hospitality sector will be able to open.

The new restrictions will be backed by regulations signed by the government so local authorities and the police will be able to enforce them.

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: ‘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 and East Lancashire we need to take immediate action to keep people safe.’

He claimed the spread was due to households meeting and ignoring social distancing rules.

He added: ‘We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of coronavirus across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.’

Greater Manchester mayor, Andy Burnham, said he agreed with the health secretary.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.’

The move comes as the Muslim community prepared to celebrate Eid. The health secretary acknowledged the new rules would ‘come as a blow’ for those wanting to celebrate with their family.

He added: ‘Mosques and other places of worship have reopened for prayer and communal worship, but in a different socially distanced and COVID-19 Secure way. This means that while mosques can remain open, many will not able to welcome as many worshippers as before.’

A commitment to civil debate image

A commitment to civil debate

Cllr Arooj Shah has been the target of recent threats and harassment. Leaders from all parties in Oldham have now come together to add their signature to a ‘politics, not personalities’ pledge, she explains.
SIGN UP
For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Principal Human Resources Adviser

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£37722 - £40869 per annum
Principal Human Resources Adviser - 1 year Fixed Term ContractRoyal Greenwich is ambitious in its commitment to residents and to service delivery. We' England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Network Architect

Camden London Borough Council
Competitive Salary
The job holder will require a good understanding of security & connectivity practices in the context of Cloud services preferably Microsoft Azure. Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Transport Development Officer

North Yorkshire County Council
£39,880 - £43,857 per annum
A flexible working offer that allows you to have a true work/life balance. Northallerton, North Yorkshire
Recuriter: North Yorkshire County Council

Recycling Manager

Camden London Borough Council
£41,952 - £48,663
The position sits within the North London Waste Authority’s (NLWA’s) Strategy and Services team, managing... Camden, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Camden London Borough Council

Traffic Management Officer - Carlisle

Cumbria County Council
£31.346 - £32.234
This role involves working within the traffic team liaising with members of the public and councillors agreeing and... Cumbria
Recuriter: Cumbria County Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue