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How Birmingham lockdown compares to ones elsewhere

Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull have been hit by new lockdown restrictions, which are set to become law from next Tuesday (September 15).

At a key regional briefing yesterday, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street announced a series of new measures aimed at curbing the rise of Covid-19 in the three areas.

This includes, in brief, a ban on households meeting – indoors and in gardens – aside from a series of exemptions which has also been published by the Department for Health and Social Care.

But how does the Birmingham lockdown compare to elsewhere? So far, after the nationwide lockdown was lifted and parts of society began to reopen, we have seen restrictions hit Leicester, Greater Manchester and other parts of the country.

Birmingham’s restrictions seem aimed purely at curbing households gathering and meeting, with no rules affecting the hospitality sector as it currently stands.

But how does this compare to Leicester, and Bolton, where restrictions are more severe? Could we see similar measures introduced here? This is what is happening in each region – and what HAS happened already.

Leicester lockdown

What is happening now? Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas will be able to reopen in Leicester from Tuesday, the DHSC said.

Socially-distanced indoor performances will be able to resume and restrictions on certain close contact services – such as eyebrow threading or make-up application – will be lifted, it added.

But the ban on inter-household gatherings in private homes and gardens will remain in place.

What HAS happened? On July 3, Leicester was put back into lockdown – just as the UK came out of it, and pubs re-opened elsewhere.

Non-essential shops and schools were closed, with a landscape far similar to Britain in April, as the government told people in the city to stay within its boundaries.

It has been the toughest lockdown seen yet.

Mr Hancock told MPs: “Having taken clinical advice on the actions necessary and discussed them with the local team in Leicester and Leicestershire, we have made some difficult but important decisions.

“We’ve decided that from tomorrow, non-essential retail will have to close and as children have been particularly impacted by this outbreak, schools will also need to close from Thursday, staying open for vulnerable children and children of critical workers as they did throughout.

“Unfortunately, the clinical advice is that the relaxation of shielding measures due on July 6 cannot now take place in Leicester.

“We recommend to people in Leicester, stay at home as much as you can, and we recommend against all but essential travel to, from and within Leicester.

“We’ll monitor closely adhering to social distancing rules and we’ll take further steps if that is what’s necessary.”




Yorkshire and Greater Manchester lockdown

What is happening now? The DHSC said that designated areas in Bradford, Kirklees, Calderdale, Blackburn with Darwen, Pendle and Greater Manchester where restrictions are already in place remain as areas of national intervention.

Rossendale, Hyndburn and Burnley also remain as areas of enhanced support while Corby and Peterborough remain as areas of concern, it added.

The ban on indoor household gatherings will continue in urban areas of Bradford where the ban is in place, while in Kirklees, the ban on indoor household mixing will continue in Dewsbury and Batley.

The ban on indoor household mixing will also continue in parts of Calderdale, the department said.

A ban on households mixing indoors will continue in City of Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Trafford, Oldham, Bury, Bolton and Tameside, and in Oldham residents will continue to to be advised to avoid mixing with anyone from another household anywhere.

A ban on two households mixing indoors will continue in Preston, Pendle and part of Blackburn, while in parts of Blackburn and Pendle residents will continue to be advised to avoid mixing with anyone from another household.

Stockport will remain an area of enhanced support and Middlesbrough, Corby and Peterborough remain on the watchlist as an area of concern.

 

 

What has happened?

Bolton lockdown

What is happening now? New measures were announced earlier this week restricting restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs to takeaway only, and all hospitality venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am in Bolton.

But the DHSC said that casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, exhibition halls, conference centres and indoor play areas – including soft play areas – will remain closed.

Socially distanced indoor performances will remain banned , and restrictions on certain close contact services will remain.




Scotland lockdown

What is happening now? Tougher restrictions on home visits have been extended to Lanarkshire, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced.

People living in the area will not be able to meet other households in their homes from midnight on Friday.

They come after lockdown restrictions in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire were continued for a further week on Monday, having first been introduced on September 1.

Caerphilly lockdown

What is happening now? A local lockdown was imposed in Caerphilly county borough on Tuesday evening, which banned people from different households, including those part of an extended household, from meeting indoors.

Mr Drakeford said “hotspot areas” of coronavirus in Wales, such as Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf, were being closely monitored to see if further action was required.

On Thursday evening, people living in those areas were asked only to use public transport for essential reasons, to work from home where possible and to wear face coverings in public indoor spaces and workplaces.

They were also told not to visit care homes, unless for end-of-life visits.

Visits to care homes in Ceredigion were also suspended on Friday, after staff tested positive for Covid-19 in two independent care homes in the Aberystwyth area.

Other measures that could be taken to reduce the spread of coronavirus include curfews and limiting the sale of alcohol, Mr Drakeford said.

Northern Ireland lockdown

What is happening now? Northern Ireland has not announced any changes to how many people can gather. However, localised coronavirus restrictions are to be introduced in Belfast and Ballymena.

People from two or more households in these areas will not be able to meet in private settings.

There are a number of limited exceptions, including childcare provision and households that have formed a social bubble with another.

No more than six people, from no more than two households, will be allowed to meet in private gardens.

In Northern Ireland, the number of people who can gather indoors in a private home was already reduced from 10 people from four households to six people from two households last month due to a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Up to 15 people can meet outdoors.



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