Sweeping new rules impacting swathes of northern England have actually been enforced overnight, following a spike in coronavirus cases.
The federal government states police and councils will get powers to implement the new rules, however that some exemptions will be put in location, consisting of for the susceptible.
However the late nature of the statement on Thursday – made just a few hours prior to the new steps entered into impact – left lots of puzzled.
Here is what changes, and what does not.
Which areas are covered by the new rules?
- Greater Manchester – City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford
- Lancashire – Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale
- West Yorkshire – Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees
- Leicester City, and the District of Oadby and Wigston (where comparable rules were currently in location)
What are you not permitted to do under the new rules if you reside in one of the affected areas?
- Meet people you do not deal with inside a home or garden, other than where you have actually formed an assistance bubble. (An assistance bubble can be formed by a grownup who lives by themselves, or is a single moms and dad with reliant children, with another family of any size to form a close assistance network – enabling close contact with them as you might if they were members of your own family)
- See somebody else’s home or garden, even if they live outside the affected areas
- Host people who live outside the affected areas at your home
- Socialise with people you do not deal with in other indoor public places – such as bars, dining establishments, coffee shops, stores, locations of praise, neighborhood centres, leisure and home entertainment places, or visitor destinations. While you can still check out these places with people in your family or assistance bubble, you should prevent interaction with others
- See people in care houses, unless there are “exceptional circumstances”
What are you still permitted to do under the new rules if you reside in one of the affected areas?
- Go to work, continuing to take a trip to and from your office
- Meet inside your home with members of your assistance bubble
- Go to coffee shops, dining establishments, the gym and other public puts with members of your own family
- Meet in public outside areas in groups of no more than 6 people, or more if the group just consists of members of 2 families
What are the charges for breaking the rules?
The federal government states it will pass new laws to implement the new coronavirus rules, enabling cops to ask people to distribute and concern repaired penalty notifications.
These fines will start at ₤100, however will be cut in half to ₤50 if paid in the first 14 days. They will be doubled for subsequent offenses.
Exist exceptions to the new rules?
The federal government states there will be restricted exemptions, which will be defined in law.
What if you run an indoor location?
The federal government states you “need to take actions to ensure people do not communicate with people they do not deal with, in line with COVID-19 Safe and secure assistance”.