Posted by Richard Willet Posted on 31 July 2020

Matt Hancock’s full statement as he confirms details of new lockdown measures across Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire

“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas”

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has tonight shared a list of the areas including Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire where households are now banned from meeting each other indoors from midnight tonight.

He tweeted: “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.

“The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.

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