By Daniel Wood
The Government has issued more details on what people can and can not do during the local lockdown.
A new, detailed statement has been released by the government, clarifying the new lockdown measures introduced in parts of West Yorkshire, after the initial statement on the new rules was released late last night, just hours before Eid al-Adha.
Kirklees, Calderdale, and Bradford have been given stricter guidelines to follow from 31st July 2020. Several other areas in the north and Leicester are affected.
The guidance from No. 10 states that “people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors.”
A follow-up statement from the Department of Health and Social Care then 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.”
It was stated that the steps that have been taken from the Government is due to the increasing trends in the number of cases per 100,000 people in an area. Data from PHE and JBC suggested that transmission among households is a key infection pathway.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated that an increased rate of transmission was occurring in parts of Northern England and that led to a decision to act on Greater Manchester, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.
136 new Covid-19 cases were detected across the region on Thursday – up from 85 on the same day last week.
The latest figures show Bradford (45.1 cases per 100,000 people) to have the fourth highest current infection rate across the UK, behind Blackburn (85.9), Oldham (54.3), and Leicester (53.2).
Calderdale (28.6) is eighth on the list, which Kirklees (19.8) sits at tenth.
Eid Al Adha celebrations begin this weekend and these restrictions will come to a blow to the families and friends involved with that, but everyone has been urged to follow the new rules and protect the ones they love from catching the virus.
A statement regarding this said: “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 be able to welcome as many worshippers as before.
The Government have also urged people with any symptoms to isolate immediately and get a test for free by going online or ringing 119.
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