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Where in the UK has local lockdown restrictions and what are the rules?

Back in March when the UK-wide lockdown was imposed, everyone was expected to follow the same rules.

Now local restrictions are in place in various places across the country.

Leicester was the first place to be subject to tougher measures.

‘Mini lockdowns’ are designed to target areas with rising coronavirus rates, such as in Bolton, will preventing the need for a full lockdown.

The rules can be confusing – especially if you travel between areas.

Here’s a list of places that have local lockdown restrictions in place – and the full fules.

Leicester

Leicester was the first place to go into local lockdown at the end of June.

While measures have been eased, some still remain in place.



Leicester was the first to see a local lockdown imposed

People living in the city should not have visitors to their homes or socialise with people they do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues and visitor attractions.

They also should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

Caerphilly, Wales

Caerphilly is one of the most recent places to be see tougher restrictions introduced.

Wales’ health minister said thm measures will stay in place until at least October.

People are not allowed to enter or leave the area without a ‘reasonable excuse’.

Anyone over the age of 11 is required to wear a face coverings in shops. Caerphilly is the only place in Wales where that is mandatory.

Meetings with other people indoors and extended households are not allowed and vernight stays have been banned.

Bolton

Bolton has the highest coronavirus rate in the country.

The government announced economic measures on Tuesday (September 8).



Bolton has the highest coronavirus infection rate in the country

Restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs are only allowed to operate as a takeaway only – and all hospitality venues have to shut between 10pm and 5am.

A ban on households mixing in private or in public – indoors or outdoors – is enforceable by law.

Other of Greater Manchester

Varying measures are in place across the region.

People in Wigan and Stockport can mix indoors – but this should be no more than two households – and residents are advised to try to limit the number of people you see, especially over short periods of time. As with the rest of the UK, the gathering limit will be six from Monday.

Social distancing should be adhered to with those outside people’s support bubbles.

In Oldham, there is a ban on households mixing in private or in public – indoors or outdoors.

In Salford, Rochdale, Trafford, Bury, Tameside and Manchester, there is a ban on two households mixing indoors or in gardens.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas, exhibition centres and conference halls have been opened everywhere in Greater Manchester except Bolton – and close contact beauty services have resumed.

East Lancashire, Preston and West Yorkshire

If people live in one of these areas, they must not host people they do not live with in their home or garden, unless they are in their support bubble.

Blackburn and Pendle

As with the above areas, there is a ban on two households mixing indoors or in a garden.

People should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.

In specific areas with additional restrictions, people should not socialise with people they do not live with at indoor public venues or outdoor venues – such as parks.

Western Scotland

Lockdown restrictions on household visits across western parts of Scotland have been continued for a further week – as well as being extended to other council areas.

Measures – originally introduced in Glasgow, East Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire – now also apply to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.

The restrictions ban people from visiting separate households in these parts of the country.

It also means that people should not be visiting homes in other local authorities which have not been impacted.

The measures also mean indoor visits to hospitals and care homes will be limited to essential visits only to protect the most vulnerable.



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