New COVID-19 restrictions in North West, Midlands, and West Yorkshire
Author: Aishah Rahman | Friday 18th September 2020
Local coronavirus restrictions have been introduced in England, covering large areas in the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire.
The government have announced new coronavirus restrictions after a significant increase in COVID-19 cases. It has been estimated the R number – the number of people an infected person will spread to virus to is now between 1.1 and 1.4. The scientific body Sage warn “we are moving to wider spread growth in transmission at a faster rate”.
Tighter coronavirus restrictions will come into force from September 22, affecting more than 4.7 million people. The new rules ban separate households from meeting each other at home or in private gardens. Pubs and restaurants in parts of the North West may shut early as new restrictions are imposed, with a proposed time of 10pm.
Health secretary Matt Hancock says the UK faces a “very serious situation” and does not rule out another lockdown.