Lockdown measures have been tightened in Bolton because the borough grapples with a surge in coronavirus instances.
An infection charges within the space are actually the very best within the nation, Well being Secretary Matt Hancock introduced at present as he ordered quite a few restrictions to be reintroduced.
Eating places, pubs, cafes and bars should shut ‘instantly’ underneath the brand new guidelines, however might proceed to function as takeaways, as they had been permitted to through the nationwide lockdown between March and July.
Nonetheless this time a brand new curfew has additionally been imposed, which suggests hospitality companies – together with takeaways – should shut altogether between 10pm and 5am.
They’ll solely be allowed to serve takeaway foods and drinks outdoors these hours, and won’t be allowed to open to diners and drinkers in any respect till additional discover.
The curfew applies to hospitality enterprise working hours solely and doesn’t forestall residents from leaving their very own houses.
Bolton residents had already been banned from assembly with different households in houses and different indoor settings – together with pubs, eating places and bars – as a part of wider measures launched throughout all 10 boroughs of Larger Manchester in August.
Solely Wigan and Stockport have to this point been launched from these restrictions. Bolton had been resulting from comply with earlier than rocketing charges of coronavirus infections noticed the choice overturned.
More durable measures have been launched that now ban Boltonians from socialising with different households wherever, together with outside. Mr Hancock at present introduced that this might be enforceable by regulation.
In a press release the Home of Commons at present, he mentioned contract tracing confirmed the latest spike in instances within the borough was partly resulting from individuals of their 20s and 30s socialising.
“By way of our contact-tracing system, we now have recognized quite a few pubs at which the virus has unfold considerably,” he mentioned.
“We’re subsequently taking the next motion in Bolton, beginning instantly.
“We’ll prohibit all hospitality to takeaway solely and we are going to introduce a late evening restriction of working hours, which can imply all venues might be required to shut from 10pm to 5am.
“We introduce urgently additional measures that put the present steering – that individuals can’t socialise outdoors their family – into regulation.”