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Muslim leaders condemn the last-minute announcement of the ban


Boris Johnson announced today that he was "pressing the brake pedal" to release the coronavirus lock when he announced that mandatory face mask wear would be extended, and apologized for the disruption to the oath celebrations through new rules in the north of England.

Mr. Johnson used a press conference on Downing Street this afternoon to warn that coronavirus cases had "sneaked in". As a result, the government has no choice but to postpone further easing.

He said that the planned reopening of casinos, bowling alleys and so-called close contact services such as beauticians on August 1 was postponed to August 15 at the earliest.

In the meantime, the obligatory wearing of face coverings has been expanded to include galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

The announcements came after the government announced yesterday evening that it would partially impose blocking measures on 4.5 million people living in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The new rules mean that people are prohibited from intermingling with other households indoors or in a garden, as the government tries in some cases to slow the spread of the fatal disease after an increase.

The decision to initiate the action at midnight prompted the community leaders to accuse the government "A horrific abuse of power" because it came from the beginning of oath.

I Johnson said: Given these numbers, our assessment is that we should press the brake pedal now to keep the virus under control.

& # 39; On Saturday August 1st, we hoped to reopen a number of higher-risk hires in England that remained closed. I'm afraid we're postponing these changes by at least a fortnight today.

"That means that until August 15th, the earliest casinos, bowling alleys, ice rinks and the remaining close contact services must remain closed, indoor appearances will not be resumed, pilots of larger crowds will not take place in sports facilities and conference centers, and wedding receptions of up to 30 People are not allowed, but ceremonies can of course continue to take place according to Covid's security guidelines.

He added: "I know that the steps we take will be a severe blow to many people, anyone whose wedding plans have been disrupted or who are unable to take the oath now as they would wish, and do so I'm really very sorry but we just can't take the risk. & # 39;

Mr. Johnson said that the new face covering rules will apply from August 8, with police enforcement to ensure that members of the public comply with the rules.

He said: “We will extend the requirement to wear face covering to other interiors where you are likely to come into contact with people you don't normally meet, such as museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship.

"We now recommend wearing facewear in these environments that will be legally enforceable as of August 8th."

Mr Johnson had previously been accused of neglecting British Muslims following the decision to block Northern England.

Mohammed Shafiq of the Ramadhan Foundation said the decision to ban 4.5 million people for at least a week would ruin the plans for thousands of people celebrating the religious festival in Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire by Monday evening.

Boris Johnson announced today that after an increase in the number of coronavirus cases, he applied the brake pedal to ease the blockage

People wearing face masks have their temperatures checked before being allowed to go to the Manchester Central Mosque this morning to worship because the city and much of the northwest have been closed

People wearing face masks have their temperatures checked before being allowed to go to the Manchester Central Mosque this morning to worship because the city and much of the northwest have been closed

Worshipers are observing social detachment when they arrive at the Bradford Grand Mosque in Bradford, West Yorkshire today - but some religious leaders have said it was wrong to announce the closure at such short notice

Worshipers are observing social detachment when they arrive at the Bradford Grand Mosque in Bradford, West Yorkshire today – but some religious leaders have said it was wrong to announce the closure at such short notice

Blackburn with Darwen – the country's worst-affected agency – will be subject to the new rules, as will Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees and all of Greater Manchester

Health Minister Matt Hancock had to deny that he was targeting oath when he announced the Covid 19 restrictions when the religious holiday was about to begin.

Mr. Shafiq said, “When the government announced that families had already traveled to their relatives' homes on Twitter, people had already started preparing for their oath. Making this decision on social media regardless of British Muslims is a terrible abuse of their power and shows how far they are from society. I condemn the announcement and hope you learned a great lesson from it. "

Labor Bolton MP Yasmin Qureshi said today: "It is irresponsible for the government to make a major public health announcement in a hurry on the eve of Eid Al Adha (on Twitter) without clarity or guidance."

But today a tory with a constituency on the fringes of the exclusion zone accused "BAME communities of not taking this seriously enough" as coronavirus cases have increased in cities with large Muslim and minority groups such as Blackburn, Rochdale and Bradford.

West Yorkshire Calder Valley MP Criag Whittaker told LBC: “If you look at the areas where we've seen rises and falls, the vast majority – but by no means all areas – is the BAME communities that don't take seriously enough.

“We have areas with high occupancy rates – when several families live in one household. It doesn't have to be specific to the Asian community, but that's the biggest part. Look at the areas. You have Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees. Bradford and Kirklees have two of the largest populations in West Yorkshire.

When asked if he was referring to the immigrant population, he said, "Immigrants and Asian people."

Matt Hancock today denied targeting last minute oaths to introduce stringent new barring restrictions for 4.5 million people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The health minister defended yesterday's surprising announcement to fight the surge in coronavirus cases in the region, which he made in a series of tweets at 9:15 p.m. – less than three hours before the rules came into effect.

NEW LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU CAN AND CAN'T

Affected areas: Greater Manchester (City of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford), Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees.

You must not: Meet people you don't live in in a home or garden with, unless you've formed a support bubble (or other legal exception). Visit someone else's house or garden, even if they live outside of the affected area. Meet people with whom you don't live in other public interiors – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.

You may: Visiting pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions with people you live with (or who are in a support bubble), but avoid interacting with others.

Punish: Fines that start at £ 100 and halve to £ 50 in the first 14 days when paid, but double for later violations.

Source: Gov.uk website

Residents throughout Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees are no longer allowed to mix with other households indoors or in a garden to reduce Covid-19 infections.

But people can still visit pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, and places of worship as long as they are people they live with and avoid interacting with others outside of their bladder. The measures will be reviewed in a week, said Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

Mr. Hancock was asked today if the rules are aimed at preventing families from meeting for Eid al-Adha, an Islamic festival that will take place until Monday evening. There is a large Muslim population in the northwest. He told the BBC: & # 39; No. My heart goes out to the Muslim communities in these areas because I know the importance of celebrating oaths. & # 39;

There's trouble today as strict restrictions were announced on social media just 165 minutes before the block began. Many people in the zone are unlikely to know that the new blockage even started when they woke up this morning.

Union leader Keir Starmer criticized the move as "a new low for government communications during the crisis," while shadow business secretary Lucy Powell, MP from Manchester Central, described it as "a disaster." "Since there is no one who can answer some of the basic questions, I don't think this is the right way to build trust, take people with you, and maximize compliance with those steps," she added.

There is also confusion because in three areas, such as Rossendale, three confirmed cases of coronavirus have never occurred on any day since early July. In Trafford, Greater Manchester, there were about ten cases a day in a district with 236,370 residents, and infections are "very low" despite a small increase in cases, officials said this week.

Local MP William Wragg said: “Greater Manchester is not a homogeneous area. We always have to be on the safe side, but treating 10 districts equally is not the right approach. & # 39;

The tops in Oldham and Blackburn with Darwen were both driven by rising rates among Asian communities, city councilors said. Arooj Shah, vice-chair of the Oldham Council, confirmed that cases have increased in Oldham's Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities, which account for up to two-thirds of all cases in the city of Manchester.

85 percent of the new Covid-19 infections in Blackburn with Darwen were people with a South Asian heritage, who also make up around a fifth of the population of the community. Around 20 percent of Oldham's population comes from Bangladesh and Pakistan, compared to the average of 2.8 percent in England and Wales.

Health Minister Matt Hancock admitted today that the government had planned "more targeted, more specific local actions" in Oldham and Blackburn, but found that the coronavirus was "spreading", "so we had to take the action we took" .

He said, "The reason is that we have seen these increases across Greater Manchester and in the other affected areas."

The new closure means that in nine areas of the north:

  • It is now illegal for people who do not live together to meet in a private home or garden.
  • But people can still go to pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centers, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions with their household or support bubble.
  • Going to work is permitted, and civil marriage weddings and ceremonies in these areas can continue to take place. No more than 30 people should participate and it must be in a Covid-safe place.
  • Leisure centers, gyms and pools remain closed.

The move came out of fears that the UK is heading for a second wave following an increase in infections in European countries such as Spain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Croatia.

Boris Johnson warned of a resurgence yesterday when the UK reported the highest daily total number of Covid 19 cases in over a month. There were 846 new infections, the largest number since June 28, when there were 901.

Matt Hancock today denied targeting last minute oaths to introduce strict new blocking restrictions. Pictured: The temperature of a man with a face mask is checked before he is allowed to enter the Manchester Central Mosque

Matt Hancock today denied targeting last minute oaths to introduce strict new blocking restrictions. Pictured: The temperature of a man with a face mask is checked before he is allowed to enter the Manchester Central Mosque

The new measures affect 4.5 million people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire (Manchester Central Mosque this morning).

The new measures affect 4.5 million people in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire (Manchester Central Mosque this morning).

Government data shows that several coronavirus hotpsots in the north of England are gaining momentum

Government data shows that several coronavirus hotpsots in the north of England are gaining momentum

The decision to impose a short-term ban has caused a lot of trouble for members of the zone - and many are confused by the rules

The decision to impose a short-term ban has caused a lot of trouble for members of the zone – and many are confused by the rules

Scientists at Cambridge University earlier this week estimated that the R rate in the southwest and southeast had risen to over one (black number). They also predicted how many people across England were still depressed each day (red number), with an estimated decrease in cases everywhere except the South East and South West

Scientists at Cambridge University earlier this week estimated that the R rate in the southwest and southeast had risen to over one (black number). They also predicted how many people across England were still depressed each day (red number), with an estimated decrease in cases everywhere except the South East and South West

Health Minister Matt Hancock has banned households in parts of Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire from meeting in the house tonight from midnight

Health Minister Matt Hancock has banned households in parts of Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire from meeting in the house tonight from midnight

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED BY THE NEW RULES?

Greater Manchester (including the city of Manchester, Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford): 2,835,686

Blackburn with Darwen: 149,696

Burnley: 88,920

Hyndburn: 81,043

Pendulum: 92.112

Rossendale: 71,482

Bradford: 539.776

Calderdale: 211.455

Kirklees: 439.787

Total: 4,509,957

Hancock announced the new regional blockade last night and said, “The measures we have taken in parts of Northern England where we can see the number of cases increasing is about ensuring people's safety.

“What we saw is one of the reasons for this increase that households are gathering and ignoring the rules of social distance.

“So we have to act decisively and say that two households cannot meet indoors because this way we can help stop the virus from spreading. We can see a second high point in parts of Europe, so we took some of the measures we had to take. & # 39;

Shadow Secretary of State Lucy Powell described the way the government announced the new corona virus restrictions for parts of northern England as a "disaster".

On Times Radio, the Manchester Central MP said: "I think the announcement two hours before it takes effect is a breeze out of the blue.

"Since there is nobody to answer some of the basic questions, I don't think this is the right way to build trust, take people with you, and maximize compliance with those steps."

She said she was "not wiser" about the data that led to widespread restrictions in parts of Northern England, including in her own constituency.

"As a Member of Parliament, I follow the data very closely and I'm still not sure which data triggered this action so quickly in such a wide area," she said.

“If we had a much better track and trace system, we would be able to recognize the localized nature or the place where these transmissions actually take place much more clearly and more localized than would act across a wide area.

"We still get back less than 50% of the tests in 24 hours, and frankly that's just not good enough."

"There are a lot of questions here, and I don't know what data has changed so significantly in the past few days that it needs to take such widespread action, and I think I should know that."

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer criticized ministers for making the announcement shortly before 10 p.m. and on social media. He said: "The announcement of measures that potentially affect millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for government communications during this crisis."

Matt Hancock was grilled this morning on BBC Radio 4 Today about the latest restrictions in the Northwest and the decision to announce them last night at eleven o'clock.

Mr. Hancock defended the move and said: “If the Labor leadership in London don't believe that people in the north of England can follow social distance rules when they announce it, they are wrong.

“People largely stick to the rules when we introduce them, and we have to make changes because we're trying to fight a virus that spreads through social contact.

"One of the sad things about this virus is that it lives on the kind of social contact that we all love and that makes life worth living."

When asked whether the spikes were triggered in cases where people were confused, what they could do after the lock was released, and what they couldn't do, Mr. Hancock seemed to admit that the rules were no longer clear.

He said, "Well, we're bringing in more advertising to explain exactly what people need to do and to make it clear that the basics are still incredibly important – washing your hands, using facewear, and social distancing – and when you get symptoms must get a test. & # 39;

The health minister said the government had not closed any pubs or recommended that people in the northwest work from home again, as data showed that the "spread between households who visit each other and people who have family and friends." visit ”.

Mr. Hancock added, “One of the characteristics of this pandemic is that we in government have to make decisions quickly and then announce them quickly so that people can know about them.

"We did this with the local authorities, with local public health officials and with them about how we do it."

There were further concerns that the restrictions – which affect areas with large Muslim populations – were announced hours before the Eid al-Adha celebration began. Many compared it to canceling Christmas on Christmas Eve at 10 p.m.

When asked whether the late announcement was made last night to block the oath celebrations, Mr. Hancock said "No". He added: “My heart goes out to the Muslim communities in these areas and I know how important Eid celebrations are.

"I am very grateful to local Muslim leaders across the country who have worked so hard to find a way to host Covid-safe celebrations, such as celebrating oath in parks where more space is available, and Of course, outside is safer than inside. & # 39;

The Minister of Health was then asked why meeting friends and families in outdoor gardens is prohibited. He said: “Parks and public outdoor areas are the safest option because a lot of people have to go through a house to go into a garden and then you get more complicated rules. I think it's just a human tendency to get closer when you're at home. & # 39;

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer criticized the ministers for making the announcement shortly before 10 p.m. and on social media and described it as a "new low" for government communications

Union leader Sir Keir Starmer criticized the ministers for making the announcement shortly before 10 p.m. and on social media and described it as a "new low" for government communications

Public Health England data released last week - the most recently available - showed how infection rates have changed in the country's 10 most affected authorities

Public Health England data released last week – the most recently available – showed how infection rates have changed in the country's 10 most affected authorities

Are the cases in the northwest really on the rise?

Coronavirus cases are declining in an area of ​​Greater Manchester, although restrictions apply to the entire region.

Official NHS statistics show that infection rates in Rochdale have dropped 44 percent in the past week.

All nine other boroughs – Bolton, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Trafford, Salford, Bury, Wigan and the city of Manchester – have been hit by an increase in outbreaks.

Local Tory MP William Wragg said it was "not the right approach" to treat all 10 counties equally.

Stockport, home to 290,000 people, saw the largest increase in Covid 19 cases between July 21 and 27 – the latest data.

Fifty-five people were diagnosed with the disease across the community. This corresponds to a rate of 18.9 cases per 100,000 people – 150 percent more than in the previous week.

Trafford rose 94 percent to 39.3 percent and Oldham's quota rose 90 percent to 57.3 percent over the course of a week. This made Trafford the second most affected authority in England.

Wigan also saw a 127 percent increase in the past week – but the infection rate is much lower, and is currently 7.7 cases per 100,000 people.

In the cities of Manchester (27.2), Bury (16.3), Tameside (16.0) and Salford (22.4), infection rates rose by 60 to 80 percent.

Bolton's rate rose 12 percent to 16.8.

The weekly rate in Rochdale – currently the seventh most affected area in England – fell to 27.3.

WHAT ABOUT LANCASHIRE AND YORKSHIRE?

Health chiefs only provide ongoing weekly infection data for England's top local authorities, which are often district councils.

This means that it is not possible to see outbreaks increase in smaller regions unless the local health bosses publish the data they have.

For example, figures show that the cases in Blackburn with Darwen (down 9 percent to 83.3), which acts as a single agency, are still declining slightly.

But other parts of the county that are affected by the restriction restrictions – Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale – are all covered by the Lancashire bracket.

The infection rate in Lancashire is currently 10.9 to 6 percent below last week's rate.

However, local newspapers have reported that infection rates in Pendle and Hyndburn are close to 40.

Bradford – one of the three areas in West Yorkshire affected by Matt Hancock's tough new measures – saw cases increase by 1 percent. The data show that the infection rate is now 45.8.

Calderdale & # 39; s has risen 64 percent to 36.7. But the rate in Kirklees has dropped 23 percent to 20.5.

All three boroughs are currently among the worst dozen authorities in England.

The regional ban prohibits meeting another household indoors at home, and the police are empowered to enforce this.

Pubs and restaurants remain open, but customers are advised not to visit them with people they do not live with. However, the police are not believed to have enforcement powers if they refuse.

The current rules for England in general state that two households can meet indoors – even in a pub or restaurant – but should not touch.

Official data shows that coronavirus cases are declining in an area of ​​Greater Manchester, although restrictions apply to the entire region.

According to NHS statistics, infection rates in Rochdale have dropped 44 percent in the past week.

All nine other boroughs – Bolton, Stockport, Tameside, Oldham, Trafford, Salford, Bury, Wigan and the city of Manchester – have been hit by an increase in outbreaks.

Local Tory MP William Wragg said it was "not the right approach" to treat all 10 counties equally.

Stockport, home to 290,000 people, saw the largest increase in Covid 19 cases between July 21-27 – the latest data.

Fifty-five people were diagnosed with the disease across the community. This corresponds to a rate of 18.9 cases per 100,000 people – 150 percent more than in the previous week.

Trafford rose 94 percent to 39.3 percent and Oldham's quota rose 90 percent to 57.3 percent over the course of a week. This made Trafford the second most affected authority in England.

Wigan also saw a 127 percent increase in the past week – but the infection rate is much lower, and is currently 7.7 cases per 100,000 people.

In the cities of Manchester (27.2), Bury (16.3), Tameside (16.0) and Salford (22.4), infection rates rose by 60 to 80 percent.

Bolton's rate rose 12 percent to 16.8.

The weekly rate in Rochdale – currently the seventh most affected area in England – fell to 27.3.

Health chiefs only provide ongoing weekly infection data for England's top local authorities, which are often district councils.

Dies bedeutet, dass es nicht möglich ist zu sehen, wie Ausbrüche in kleineren Regionen in Lancashire und Yorkshire zunehmen, wenn die örtlichen Gesundheitsbosse nicht die Daten veröffentlichen, über die sie verfügen.

Zahlen zeigen beispielsweise, dass die Fälle in Blackburn mit Darwen (minus 9 Prozent auf 83,3), das als Einzelbehörde fungiert, immer noch leicht zurückgehen.

Aber andere Teile der Grafschaft, die von den Sperrbeschränkungen betroffen sind – Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle und Rossendale – fallen alle unter die Klammer von Lancashire.

Die Infektionsrate in Lancashire liegt derzeit um 10,9 bis 6 Prozent unter der Rate der letzten Woche.

Lokale Zeitungen haben jedoch berichtet, dass die Infektionsraten in Pendle und Hyndburn fast 40 betragen.

Bradford – eines der drei Gebiete in West Yorkshire, das von Matt Hancocks harten neuen Maßnahmen betroffen ist – verzeichnete einen Anstieg der Fälle um 1 Prozent. Die Daten zeigen, dass die Infektionsrate jetzt bei 45,8 liegt.

Calderdale's ist um 64 Prozent auf 36,7 gestiegen. Aber die Rate in Kirklees ist um 23 Prozent auf 20,5 gesunken.

Alle drei Bezirke gehören derzeit zu den schlimmsten Dutzenden Behörden in England.

Herr Hancock sagte, die regionalen Maßnahmen seien nach einem Treffen des Local Action Gold Committee verhängt worden, dem der Chief Medical Officer Chris Whitty, hochrangige Beamte des Ministeriums für Gesundheit und öffentliche Gesundheit in England sowie einige Minister und hochrangige Beamte angehören.

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: "I ask all Greater Manchester residents - young and old - to protect each other by respecting these new requirements."

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: "I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old – to protect each other by respecting these new requirements."

Später twitterte er eine Liste dessen, was er unter den neu verhängten Maßnahmen "versteht"

Später twitterte er eine Liste dessen, was er unter den neu verhängten Maßnahmen "versteht"

WELCHE ORTE IN ENGLAND HABEN HÄRTERE COVID-19-EINSCHRÄNKUNGEN?

An den folgenden Standorten gelten Einschränkungen, die sich von denen in ganz England unterscheiden.

Oldham, Großraum Manchester

Tuesday July 28th

  • Den Bewohnern wird gesagt, dass sie keine „sozialen Besucher“ in ihrem Haus haben können.
  • Menschen müssen zwei Meter von Freunden und Familie entfernt sein, wenn sie sie draußen sehen, und vermeiden, sich zu umarmen und sich die Hände zu schütteln.
  • Pflegeheime werden die Besuchsbeschränkungen nicht lockern, um ältere und schutzbedürftige Menschen zu schützen.

Friday July 31

  • Verletzlich und ältere Menschen, die abgeschirmt haben, wurden gebeten, dies noch zwei Wochen lang zu tun.

Blackburn with Darwen

Tuesday July 14th

  • Für alle Bewohner wurden fünf neue Maßnahmen eingeführt; Reduzierung der Anzahl der Hausbesuche auf zwei; Aufforderung an die Bewohner, in allen geschlossenen öffentlichen Räumen eine Gesichtsbedeckung zu tragen; Menschen ermutigen, getestet zu werden; Bitten Sie die Leute, nur die Ellbogen zu stoßen, anstatt sich die Hände zu schütteln. Intensivierung der Beratung und Unterstützung kleiner Geschäfte, um deren Sicherheit zu gewährleisten.

Saturday July 25th

  • Das Gesundheitsministerium teilte mit, dass der Gesundheitsminister Matt Hancock neue Vorschriften unterzeichnen wird, um Blackburn von den Änderungen der nationalen Sperrung auszunehmen – der Eröffnung von Turnhallen, Pools und anderen Sport- und Trainingseinrichtungen.

Leicester

Montag, 29. Juni

  • Die Menschen wurden gebeten, mindestens zwei Wochen lang strengere Sperrbeschränkungen in einer „lokalen Sperrung“ einzuhalten.
  • Nicht wesentliche Geschäfte wurden gebeten, nach der Wiedereröffnung am 15. Juni zu schließen.
  • Die Bars, Restaurants und Friseure der Stadt haben am 4. Juli nicht wie geplant geöffnet.

Thursday July 16

  • Der Gesundheitsminister für Gesundheit, Matt Hancock, kündigte an, dass die Sperrmaßnahmen in Leicester City noch zwei Wochen in Kraft bleiben müssten. Dies bedeutete, dass die im Rest von England eingeführten Maßnahmen zur Öffnung des Gastgewerbes in Leicester nicht gelten würden.

Saturday July 18th

  • Zusätzliche Sperrbeschränkungen endeten am 18. Juli in Charnwood und Blaby. Diese Bereiche sind zu den nationalen Richtlinien zur sozialen Distanzierung zurückgekehrt.
  • In Leicester City und den Bezirken Oadby und Wigston können jetzt nicht mehr notwendige Geschäfte, Schulen und Bildungseinrichtungen wiedereröffnet werden. Alleinerziehende Haushalte können mit einem anderen Haushalt immer noch eine Unterstützungsblase bilden. Menschen können sich immer noch in einer Gruppe von bis zu sechs Personen und nur im Freien treffen, sofern sie strengen sozialen Distanzierungen folgen.

Luton

Thursday July 23

  • Alle Bewohner wurden aufgefordert, „jederzeit“ einen Abstand von zwei Metern zu Personen außerhalb ihres Haushalts einzuhalten. Wo dies nicht möglich ist, muss eine Gesichtsmaske in „allen geschlossenen öffentlichen Räumen“ getragen werden.
  • Residents have been told to not make social visits to other people's homes or private gardens. If meeting up with others socially, they must do so outside in an open space or park.
  • Large group meetings should not exceed a maximum of six people (unless they live in the same house)

Friday July 31

  • Luton was removed as an area of intervention, meaning that indoor gyms, swimming pools and fitness studios that had to remain closed will be allowed to open from the week commencing August 3.
  • Those who have been shielding have been asked to continue to do so until 17 August, but with slightly changed guidelines that will be told to them by letter or on the phone.

The lockdown covers a much greater area than Leicester's, which was imposed on June 29 and will be eased from Monday.

Pubs, cafes, bars and restaurants will reopen in the locked-down city from August 3, Labour MP Liz Kendall announced last night.

People will also be permitted to go on holiday with their own household, but leisure centres, gyms and pools will remain closed.

Andy Burnham, the Labour Mayor of Greater Manchester, urged locals to adhere to the new rules.

He said: 'Over recent days, there has been a marked change in the picture across Greater Manchester with regard to the spread of Covid-19.

“We have gone from a falling rate in almost all of our boroughs over the past week to a rising rate in nine out of ten affected communities in a much larger geographic area.

'In Rochdale, the one borough where cases have fallen, they are still too high.

“We have always said that we will remain vigilant and ready to respond quickly if necessary.

'In line with that approach, I have agreed with the Health Secretary that it is right to act on the precautionary principle and introduce modest measures now to bring down the rate of new infections.

“I ask all Greater Manchester residents – young and old – to protect each other by respecting these new requirements. They are checked weekly; That is, the more we stick to them, the faster they will be removed.

“This is a place that is proud to take care of each other. We must remain true to this now by not acting selfishly and keeping an eye on the health of others at all times. & # 39;

But the timing and manner of Mr Hancock's announcement drew criticism from Labour.

Sir Keir Starmer noted how when Downing Street concluded its daily briefings regarding the virus in June, ministers promised to still hold conferences for 'significant announcements.'

'It's hard to imagine what could be more significant than this,' he said.

Taking to Twitter, Sir Keir added: 'No one would argue with putting in place local action to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.

'But announcing measures affecting potentially millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government's communications during this crisis.

'For all the bluster, government has failed to deliver a functioning track and trace system that would spot local flare ups like these.

'The people of Greater Manchester now need urgent clarity and explanation from the government – and there must be proper support for those businesses and people affected by any lockdown.'

Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy added: 'The Government's shambolic announcement of local lockdown measures on Twitter tonight is the result of its total failure to deliver the functioning track and trace system it promised the country.

'Boris Johnson is asleep at the wheel.'

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon said the decision was the 'right' one.

She tweeted: “The UK government is right to act quickly if it believes the situation justifies it.

& # 39; But this is a sharp reminder that the threat from this virus is still very real. Please follow all FACTS advice and stay safe. & # 39;

Mr Johnson had yesterday urged the UK not to 'delude' itself into thinking the pandemic was over as he warned of up to 30 places where outbreaks were 'bubbling up'.

Bei einem Besuch in North Yorkshire sagte Herr Johnson, dass es "echte Konsequenzen" geben würde, die die wirtschaftliche Erholung gefährden würden, wenn das Virus ein "schädliches" Comeback erleben könnte.

His cautious message came as Mr Hancock warned there was a 'second wave rolling across Europe' and the country must 'do everything in our power to stop it reaching our shores'.

When asked whether his statements risk hysteria at a time when infection rates in the UK are still well below their peak, Hancock told Radio 4 Today: "I am the Secretary of Health amid a global pandemic, So you apologize for worrying about the health of the British people and that is absolutely in my head.

Ministers were yesterday warned not to fuel hysteria over a resurgence in the virus, with Labour MP Chris Bryant saying: 'It makes me so angry that the Government are so loose with their language. There is no second wave in all of Europe. & # 39;

Mr. Johnson is also under pressure within his own party not to panic about the rise in infection rates.

A group of more than 30 backbenchers led by Henry Smith is expected to send him a letter today that calls for the introduction of testing at airports to help travellers reduce the length of time they have to quarantine for if they arrive from an at-risk country.

By the end of May, England had the highest relative mortality of 21 European countries compared to the Office for National Statistics. However, the worst affected nations were Italy and Spain, which suffered the greatest peaks

By the end of May, England had the highest relative mortality of 21 European countries compared to the Office for National Statistics. However, the worst affected nations were Italy and Spain, which suffered the greatest peaks

The manner of the late-night announcement was criticised heavily by Keir Starmer, who said the sudden statement marked a 'new low for the Government's communications during this crisis'

The manner of the late-night announcement was criticised heavily by Keir Starmer, who said the sudden statement marked a 'new low for the Government's communications during this crisis'

Leicester will reopen pubs and restaurants from Monday

Pubs and restaurants will reopen in Leicester from Monday alongside hairdressers, cinemas and museums.

Leisure centres, gyms and public swimming pools will stay closed and restrictions on household visits will stay in place.

The city went through an extra month of lockdown, imposed at the end of last month, while the rest of the country saw restrictions lifted.

And its residents were hoping the government would announce a complete end to their local lockdown.

However, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced last night on Twitter that people from different households in Leicester, and other parts of northern England, wouldn't be allowed to meet indoors.

Leicester's mayor, Sir Peter Soulsby, told The Times: 'We've been messed about all day. They were going to make the announcement earlier, then 4pm then 5pm.

'I haven't a clue what's going on. I don't even know who's taking the decision and they certainly don't involve anybody who knows anything about our city.

'Just hoping they decide to let us out of this crude city-wide lockdown.'

Leicester's lockdown saw restrictions lifted on schools and nurseries last week and some non-essential shops were allowed to reopen.

Mosques and other places of worship will also be reopened and Jon Ashworth, the Labour MP for Leicester South, urged Muslims to celebrate Eid al-Adha 'with your own household at home'.

Liz Kendall, the Labour MP for Leicester West, said the government's handling of the local lockdown had been 'totally shambolic'.

According to Public Health England, roughly 164 have been diagnosed with coronavirus in Leicester in the past week – 0.05 per cent of its population.

Before the dispute about the local lockdown Mr Hancock announced a £3million package for companies that had been unable to reopen in Leicester.

He said: 'I absolutely understand the huge implications remaining in lockdown has meant for those in the city.'

Lord Lamont, the Tory ex-chancellor, last night urged ministers not to lose focus on the economic recovery and warned them against taking blanket measures across the whole economy.

He said: "The only thing we cannot afford is another total ban. The economy has a long struggle for advancement. & # 39;

The Mail revealed earlier this week how the Prime Minister is 'extremely concerned' about the possibility a second spike of infections could start in the next two weeks.

His comments in the past few days are in stark contrast to his message two weeks ago, when he expressed hope that all social restrictions on distance could be lifted in time for Christmas.

Yesterday, Mr Johnson insisted Britain has had 'massive success' in bringing down mortality rates but warned: 'I have to tell you we're looking at a resurgence of the virus in some other European countries, you can see what's been happening in the United States.

“So as a country, it is absolutely important that we continue to keep our focus and discipline and not pretend that we are somehow out of the forest or that everything is over because it is not all over. & # 39;

Despite the increase in the infection rate, the numbers are still well below the high of May 1 when 6,201 cases were confirmed in just one day.

Mr Smith, whose Crawley constituency includes Gatwick Airport, last night said: 'Testing should play a much larger role in giving people confidence to travel.'

Do I have to cancel my wedding? Can I still celebrate Eid? Your questions answered as 4.5million people in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Yorkshire are hit by new lockdown

What has the Government announced?

Health Secretary Matt Hancock last night that people from different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire will be banned from meeting each other in their homes and in their gardens from midnight.

Which areas are affected?

The new restrictions apply to the entire Greater Manchester area, parts of East Lancashire, including Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale, and Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees in West Yorkshire.

The same restrictions apply to Leicester, where the first so-called “local lock” was imposed on June 29.

What does this mean for the people living there?

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs (DHSC) said the new measures will mean that people in these areas should not mix with other households outside of those in their support bubbles in private homes or gardens.

Households can go to bars, pubs and other restaurants, but two households shouldn't go together, the department added.

The DHSC announced that the restrictions currently in place in Blackburn that indoor pools, gyms and dance studios, gyms and sports facilities will remain closed will continue to apply.

Why is this being done?

In a series of tweets Mr Hancock said that there had been an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England.

He said this was due to the fact that "households are gathering and do not follow the social distance rules" and the new rules were being introduced to "protect the country".

How will the restrictions be enforced?

The government said it would sign new regulations to make the changes "legally enforceable" and give local authorities and police forces powers to enforce these restrictions.

How fast is the virus spreading?

According to the latest figures from Public Health England (PHE), the infection rate is increasing in 13 of the 19 municipalities in the areas where the new measures are being introduced.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the rate increased from 83.3 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to July 20 to 89.3 in the seven days to July 27. A total of 133 new cases were registered.

Leicester has the second highest 7-day rate, although it has dropped from 67.8 per 100,000 population to 60.2 over the same period, with 214 new cases.

During the same period, the rate also rose in Manchester, Burnley, Pendle, Bradford, Calderdale, Oldham, Bury, Salford, Stockport, Tameside, Trafford and Wigan, but fell in Hyndburn, Rossendale, Kirklees, Bolton and Rochdale.

Rochdale, Oldham, Blackburn and Pendle were on a PHE watchlist as "problem areas" after increased infection rates.

What is happening in Leicester?

The DHSC announced that restaurants, cafes, bars and hairdressers in Leicester can be reopened on Monday to ease restrictions across the rest of the country on July 4th.

Leisure centers, gyms and pools will remain closed, but cinemas and museums will open and religious ceremonies can take place, he added.

The department said all local restrictions currently in place in the neighboring neighborhoods of Oadby and Wigston will end.

But Mr. Hancock said that the social gathering restrictions imposed on Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire would also apply to the city of Leicester.

Does my household include close family members?

Your household – as defined in law – is only the people you live with. If you have formed a support bubble (which must include a single adult household i.e. people who live alone or single parents with dependent children aged under 18) these can be treated as if they are members of your household.

What will be illegal?

It will be illegal for people who do not live together to meet in a private home or garden, except for limited exceptions to be set out in law. You should not host or visit people you do not live with, unless they are in your support bubble. If you live in the affected areas, you should not visit someone's home or garden regardless of whether this is in or outside of the restricted area.

Can I still meet indoors with people in my support bubble?

Yes. Where people from single adult households (people who live alone or single parents with dependent children aged under 18) have formed a support bubble with another household, they can continue to visit each other, stay overnight, and visit other public places as if they were one household.

Can I still meet people outdoors?

In line with the national guidance, you can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces in groups of no more than six people, unless the group includes only people from two households. You cannot meet people you do not live within a private garden.

At all times, you should socially distance from people you do not live with – unless they are in your support bubble.

I live in this area. Can I still meet with my family and friends to celebrate Eid?

Due to higher rates of infection, if you live in this area you should not host or visit friends and family in each other's homes or gardens. It will shortly be illegal to do so, unless specific exemptions apply. You also should not meet friends and family in other venues – including restaurants or cafes.

Up to two households, or six people from any number of households may meet outdoors (excluding people's gardens) where there is a lower risk of infection. If you do so, you should still socially distance from those you do not live with, and avoid physical contact.

You may attend a mosque or other place or worship, where Covid-19 Secure guidance applies, but you must socially distance from people outside of your household. This means maintaining a distance of 2 metres, or 1 metre with mitigations (such as wearing face coverings). We recommend at this time that, if possible, prayer/religious services take place outdoors.

Can I still go to work in this area?

Yes. People living inside and outside of this area can continue to travel in and out for work. Workplaces must implement Covid-19 Secure guidance.

I live in this area. Can I still go to cafes, restaurants, the gym and other public places?

Yes. But you should only go with members of your own household – even if you are going outside of the restricted area.

I live in the area. Can people from outside of the lockdown area visit me at my house?

No. This will be illegal.

Do I still have to shield if I live in this area?

Clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer have to follow the shielding guidance from the 1 August, unless they live in Blackburn with Darwen in the North West and other local affected areas across England where shielding continues.

Can I visit a care home?

You should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

Can I still have my wedding if it's in the lockdown area?

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies in these areas can still go ahead. No more than 30 people should attend a marriage or civil partnership, where this can be safely accommodated with social distancing in a COVID-19 secure venue. Further guidance can be found here.

Large wedding receptions or parties should not currently be taking place and any celebration after the ceremony should follow the broader social distancing guidance of involving no more than two households in any location or, if outdoors, up to six people from different households.

Can I travel outside of the lockdown area to attend a wedding ceremony?

Yes.

Can I travel into the lockdown area to attend a wedding ceremony?

Yes. Weddings should be limited to no more than 30 people and subject to COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

People living outside the lockdown areas may travel into the areas to attend a wedding, but should not go into a private home or garden.

Can I still visit a place of worship in the lockdown area?

Yes, but you must socially distance from people outside of your household. This means maintaining a distance of 2 metres, or 1 metre with mitigations (e.g. face coverings). We recommend at this time that if possible prayer/religious services take place outdoors.

Can funerals still take place in the lockdown areas?

Yes. Funerals should be limited to no more than 30 people and subject to COVID-19 Secure guidelines.

People living outside the lockdown areas may travel into the areas to attend a funeral.

Can I holiday in the lockdown area, or visit shops, leisure facilities, or cafes in it?

Yes. However, you must avoid socialising with people indoors when doing so.

Can I travel in a car with someone I do not live with?

You should try not to share a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, try to:

  • share the transport with the same people each time
  • keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • open windows for ventilation
  • travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow face away from each other
  • consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
  • clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
  • ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering

When will the lockdown be reviewed?

Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said the measures would be reviewed on a weekly basis.

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