The government has announced that more severe lockdown measures are now in place across large parts of West Yorkshire due to an increase in the spread of coronavirus.
The Health Secretary announced last night that Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford are all be subject to more severe lockdown measures due to people not abiding by social distancing.
This means that people from different households will not be able to meet indoors from midnight tonight.
Mr Hancock said: “We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has said the Government was right to take action in the north of England after it became clear that the picture on Covid-19 cases had changed.
He told Sky News: “On the substance, we do accept that these steps are needed. They’re modest steps.
“We’re asking people not to have visitors at home, if they go to the pub to stick within their own household – steps that hopefully will prevent much more severe restrictions if we take firm action at this time.
“And the reason for it is the picture changed in Greater Manchester over the last week. We’re watching the data very, very closely, like the Government is.
“So when the Government contacted me to say, ‘look we think something is happening here’, I could already see that it was and it wasn’t just in one locality, there was a change across all of our boroughs and that’s why we said to the Government they were right to take quick action.”
The government will sign new regulations to make these changes legally enforceable. The regulations will give local authorities and police forces the powers to enforce these restrictions and more details on these will be set out when the regulations are published.
For those preparing to celebrate Eid Al Adha this weekend with friends and family these restrictions will come as a blow but everyone is being urged to follow the new rules and to protect the ones they love from catching coronavirus.
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.
The Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced last night that new rules on social gatherings will be introduced in Northern England to stop the spread of Covid-19.
These changes will also apply in Leicester city. This is in response to an increasing trend in the number of cases per 100,000 people in the area, and data from PHE and the JBC which suggests transmission among households is a key infection pathway in the area.
We’ll bring you all the latest updates in a few hours on what is sure to be another fraught day for West Yorkshire.
Three hours after they initially made the announcement, the government has now published more details about what the new lockdown means and who it affects.
The list is based on Public Health England figures updated on July 30 on the Government’s coronavirus online dashboard.
From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; the rate of new cases in the seven days to July 27; the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 27; the rate of new cases in the seven days to July 20; the number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to July 20.
– For those preparing to celebrate Eid Al Adha this weekend with friends and family these restrictions will come as a blow but everyone is being urged to follow the new rules and to protect the ones they love from catching coronavirus.
– 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.
– People in the areas announced will not be permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubbles) in private homes or gardens.
– The regulations will give local authorities and police forces the powers to enforce these restrictions and more details on these will be set out when the regulations are published.
– Households may go to hospitality, for instance bars and pubs, but new guidance will make clear that two households should not go to hospitality together.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has said announcing the lockdown measures “late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government’s communications”.
He tweeted: “No one would argue with putting in place local action to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
“But announcing measures affecting potentially millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government’s communications during this crisis.
“When the government ended the daily press conferences, they said they would hold them for “significant announcements”, including local lockdowns. It’s hard to imagine what could be more significant than this.
“For all the bluster, government has failed to deliver a functioning track and trace system that would spot local flare ups like these.
“The people of Greater Manchester now need urgent clarity and explanation from the government – and there must be proper support for those businesses and people affected by any lockdown.”
In some clarity from the government on the new measures it has said: “Households may go to hospitality, for instance bars and pubs, but new guidance will make clear that two households should not go to hospitality together.”
MP for Keighley and Ilkley Robbie Moore has said that new measures brought in for Bradford do cover his constituency.
This story is developing and I will do all I can to keep you up to date with the situation.
Other than using very broad terms, the government is yet to conform the specific areas that will be subject to the new rules.
Judging by the precedent set in Leicester – when a precise map was be published the day after lockdown was announced – we could be waiting until some time on Friday before we know the exact areas to be affected.
However, if we take the explanation of Calderdale, Kirklees and Bradford as a broad brush, it will mean dozens of West Yorkshire towns and cities will be under new restrictions.
There’s confusion, anger and disappointment amongst residents in West Yorkshire on the new lockdown measures announced this evening.
Local councils have also said that they are waiting on more clarity from the government on these measures.
Kirklees Council have taken to Twitter to issue a brief statement on the latest lockdown measures.
Matt Hancock tonight announced new guidance for a number of areas in the north of England, including Kirklees.
Mayor for Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has clarified what the latest measures mean for those areas affected.
Bradford Council have tweeted to say that they are waiting for more clarification on what this means from the government.
MP for Wigan and shadow foreign secretary Lisa Nandy tweeted: “Told tonight this applies to homes AND gardens but you can still visit public spaces where social distancing measures are in place.
“People will have a lot of questions and we are pressing for more information quickly. It is really hard but please follow advice and stay safe.”
Health secretary Matt Hancock has placed large parts of West Yorkshire back into lockdown after rates of coronavirus began to rise rapidly across the county.
The government has highlighted three areas of the country where new laws will come into place, effectively placing millions of people back under much stricter measures.
MP for Halifax Holly Lynch has said she is ‘disappointed’ that she has not been given more clarity ahead of the governments latest announcement.
Many people on social media are urging the government to provide more clarity on the new measures.
From midnight tonight different households can no longer meet up indoors in Bradford, Calderdale or Kirklees.
Also there has been no update on if this will have an impact on restaurants, pubs or other non-essential retailers.
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said the decision to ban households in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire from meeting indoors is the “right” one.
She tweeted: “The UK government is right to act quickly if they think the situation warrants it.
“But this is a sharp reminder that the threat of this virus is still very real. Please abide by the all FACTS advice and stay safe.”
On Twitter tonight the Health Secretary announced: “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.
“Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and the City of Leicester.
“We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is neccessary to keep people safe.”
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