NEW RESTRICTIONS AND UPDATE ON REOPENING
There are no other words for it; I am gutted for the businesses affected by the PM’s statement this afternoon. Please, let’s all make sure we follow the rules, stay safe and hope that these measures mean cases decrease again so we can continue rebuilding our businesses and our community.
I have been asked a few times is people from the area with new restrictions can still travel. The answer is that ‘they can’:
“I live in the area. Can I leave the area to go on holiday?
You should not travel outside of this area to meet people in their homes or gardens. You can still go on holiday, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). Source – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/north-west-of-england-local-restrictions-what-you-can-and-cannot-do “
Stay safe everyone
CABINET OFFICE UPDATE
As per the Prime Minister’s statement this afternoon (31 July), plans to reopen higher risk settings from 1 August will be postponed for at least a fortnight.
That means that, until 15 August at the earliest:
- Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed;
- Indoor performances will not resume;
- Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place; and
- Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.
In addition, the government will extend the requirement to wear a face covering to other indoor settings such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship. This will become enforceable in law from 8 August.
The national pause on shielding will continue as planned from tomorrow. At this stage, the government is not changing the rules on social contact nationally.
Full details of the PM’s statement can be found here: https://bit.ly/PM310720
Please also note that last night the Health Secretary announced new restrictions on household contact in parts of the North West and West Yorkshire – specifically Greater Manchester, and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
These are targeted measures on social contact between households, which the data tells us is driving the current increase in cases. Businesses and workplaces should continue as before in those areas.
Full details of the government’s approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks can be found here: https://bit.ly/LocalOutbreaks.
A list of areas with additional local restrictions is available here: https://bit.ly/restrictionsnorth.