Oldham residents told don’t meet ANYONE outside your household – but will avoid full lockdown
OLDHAM residents have been told not to meet ANYONE outside their household today but will avoid a full lockdown, local leaders have said today.
After a spike in cases even more rules are going to come into place for the town, along with Blackburn and Parts of Pendle.
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Residents in Oldham have been told not to meet anyone from outside their own homes[/caption]
Oldham Council leader Sean Fielding said rather than having a full lockdown like in Leicester – where businesses would shut again – they would have more targeted measures to control the spread.
Pubs, restaurants and offices can remain open, but extra restrictions on social interaction will come into play.
He said in a video this lunchtime: “The new restrictions mean is that social mixing between households in any setting – will now be prohibited.”
People will not be able to meet up in parks or pubs with anyone – except the people they live with.
The number of people able to attend weddings and funerals is expected to be slashed, too.
More testing will also take place to try and monitor where the virus is spreading.
Residents are also not to use public transport unless necessary, in a significant tightening of the rules.
It was also confirmed this lunchtime:
- Birmingham was officially added to the coronavirus watch list after cases spike – along with Slough
- A Northampton factory has been ordered to shut and everyone forced to isolate after a huge number of cases emerged
- Wigan, Rossendale and Darwen are to be released from the new rules
- Bedford is being removed from the watchlist following a drop in cases
- In future MPs and local politicians will decide the boundaries for local lockdowns, not politicians in Whitehall – meaning areas with low cases will likely be exempt
- The restrictions on household visits will continue in other parts of West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and Leicester unchanged and will be reviewed again next week.
Update to local watch list
- Northampton added as an ‘Area of Intervention’
- Birmingham added as ‘Area of Enhanced Support’
- Slough added as an ‘Area of Concern’
- Bedford is being removed following a drop in cases
- Wigan and Rossendale are being removed from the list following a drop in cases
- Nine wards in Blackburn and Darwen are also being removed
The MP for Oldham, Jim McMahon said at the news: “The sooner we bring the virus rates down, the sooner we can meet extended family and friends again.
“I know we have all made sacrifices, and I know many of you have really been affected by the virus and the lockdown restrictions. Stay safe and look out for each other.”
He said “a widespread economic lockdown would have been wrong.” and would have needlessly closed businesses down when they weren’t a factor in spreading the virus.
Meanwhile Wigan, Rossendale and Darwen are to be released from the new rules after a drop in cases.
Jake Berry, the MP for Rossendale and Darwen, said he’d just spoken with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock and it was “really welcome news for our area.”
He told constituents in a video on Facebook: “We’re taking a much more targeted approach.
“Because of the huge effort, Rosendale and Darwen will be coming out of the increased restrictions that we have seen over the last few weeks.
“Where we live here is going to be covered by the normal national restrictions.”
We have reached agreement with the Government that Oldham will not go in to full local economic lockdown. Some additional restrictions will be introduced, however. More to follow… pic.twitter.com/AUO3PeHOCI
— Sean Fielding (@cllrsfielding) August 21, 2020
Blackburn & Darwen split by new measures
BLACKBURN and Darwen have today been split in two – with one half having lockdown rules eased and the other getting them tightened
Some parts will be unable to visit friends and family from other households – even in the park or at the pub now.
Previously they were only banned from meeting inside their homes and gardens.
However, the other half of the area will see restrictions lifted completely after a drop in cases there.
The following areas of Blackburn with Darwen remain areas for intervention and the new restrictions on household gatherings and socialising will apply:
- Audley & Queen’s Park
- Bastwell & Daisyfield
- Billinge & Beardwood
- Blackburn Central
- Little Harwood & Whitebirk
- Roe Lee
- Shear Brow & Corporation Park
- Wensley Fold
Areas in Blackburn with Darwen where all restrictions have been lifted are:
- Blackburn South & Lower Darwen
- Blackburn South East
- Darwen East
- Darwen South
- Darwen West
- Livesey with Pleasington
- Mill Hill & Moorgate
- West Pennine
BIRMINGHAM ON BRINK
Cases of COVID-19 are rising quickly in Birmingham, the Department said this lunchtime, with 30.2 cases per 100,000.
4.3 per cent of people are testing positive – and half of cases are among young people ages 18 – 34.
Local leaders have put the city on the watchlist for extra support.
More people will be tested and health officials sent in to try and work out what to do next.
Matt Hancock will meet local council leaders and Andy Street, the West Midlands Mayor today for urgent talks.
It’s understood that public health officials don’t know what has cases the recent spike in cases, and are determined to get to the bottom of the outbreak.
NORTHAMPTON FACTORY OUTBREAK
Northampton’s local rate has hit 125.1 per 100,000 people in the week to the 13 August after a sandwich factory that supplies to Marks & Spencer suffered an outbreak of the virus.
And local testing data and analysis from the Joint Biosecurity Centre shows this spike is almost solely down to an outbreak linked to the workforce at the Greencore Factory where nearly 300 workers have tested positive.
The factory will close voluntarily from today, and employees and their direct households will be required to isolate at home for two weeks, the Department for Health said.
Anyone leaving their isolation will be subject to a fine.
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