Greater Manchester mayor supports new Covid-19 restrictions

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham says the government was “right to take quick action” after a rise in cases in parts of northern England.

Separate households are banned from meeting indoors in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire after an increase in coronavirus cases.

The order, affecting roughly four million people, covers:

* All of Greater Manchester: Bolton, Bury, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford, and Wigan
* East Lancashire: Pendle, Hyndburn, Burnley, Rossendale and Blackburn with Darwen
West Yorkshire: Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees
* The city of Leicester, which saw the UK’s first local lockdown

It means people in these areas will not be permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens.

It is understood there is currently no endpoint to the restrictions but they will be subject to a weekly review.

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