Laura Sharman 17 August 2020

Lockdown restrictions extended in northern England

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Restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19 have been extended in parts of the North West, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester after the number of infections failed to drop.

The rules mean social gatherings are banned in these areas, and certain venues such as bowling alleys, conference centres and indoor play areas will not be allowed to open.

The Government is also working with local leaders in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle to address high or rising cases.

Minister for health, Edward Argar, said: 'We will review the measures again next week as part of our ongoing surveillance and monitoring of the latest data.'

A Greater Manchester Combined Authority spokesperson said: 'The situation in Greater Manchester remains challenging. It is clear that while the current restrictions appear to be having a positive effect in some places, we urgently need to bring the number of cases down in several boroughs. Everyone in Greater Manchester must do all they can to reduce the number of cases. That means individuals, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets all taking this seriously and following all the regulations.'

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