RESIDENTS in Oldham have been banned from socialising with other households as part of new measures to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
From midnight on Saturday, locals in Oldham and parts of Blackburn and Pendle have extra restrictions in place after a rise in cases in those areas.
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What are the new restrictions in Oldham?
Workplaces, childcare facilities as well as businesses, including restaurants and pubs, will remain open.
The new restrictions in Oldham and parts of Pendle and Blackburn will not stop people from shopping, going to work or attending child-care settings including schools, which open from 1 September.
But, social activities indoors and outdoors can only be shared with people you live with and are in your immediate household from midnight on Saturday.
Residents will be advised to avoid using public transport except for essential travel, and the number of people who can attend weddings, civil partnerships and funerals will be capped to household members and close family, with no more than 20 people.
Restaurants will also be encouraged to stop walk-ins, and only seat people who make reservations.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: "To prevent a second peak and keep Covid-19 under control, we need robust, targeted intervention where we see a spike in cases.
"Our approach is to make the action we take as targeted as possible, with the maximum possible local consensus."
Why have the latest restrictions happened?
Local outbreaks or clusters are being targeted to prevent the spread of coronavirus as quickly as possible and prevent a national lockdown.
A cluster is a group of cases in one place like a hospital, work place or school.
When clusters are linked, this is called an outbreak.
Why are there local lockdowns?
Local authorities and the government have been given new powers to stop outbreaks of the deadly virus.
These actions could range from targeting a hospital or work place, to locking down a whole city.
Local authorities were given powers to:
- Close specific premises
- Shut outdoor spaces
- Cancel events
Government Ministers can:
- Close sectors or types of premises in local areas
- Stop people leaving a certain area
- Restrict the use of transport
- Introduce localised stay at home orders
- Reduce the maximum size of gatherings
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