The Latest: Social Restrictions Reimposed For North England

Leeds is set to enter a local lockdown from midnight on September 26.

Individuals will be banned from socialising with people indoors or outdoors at each other's homes. This is to be made law and a fine will apply if this is breached. Exemptions will apply for children with parents living apart, existing social bubbles, and tradespeople including builders.

Leeds Council has said that the local lockdown measures will be in place for "as long as it takes" to stem the rate of infection, a spokesman has told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

All existing national restrictions on the 'rule of six', social distancing and 10pm hospitality curfews will apply.

Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli

Cardiff, Swansea and Llanelli will all go into local lockdown from this weekend, the Welsh Government has announced.

The restrictions mean people in the affected cities and towns should not meet indoors, aside from extended households, and nor should they enter or leave their regions without a "reasonable" excuse.

People must also work from home whenever possible, the Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething said.

The Cardiff and Swansea lockdowns will begin at 6pm on September 27, while the town of Llanelli will have its restrictions imposed from 6pm on September 26.


London has not yet confirmed any local lockdown measures, but it has been added to the Public Health England's watch list which sets out areas of concern following a rise in infections.

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has not ruled out introducing new lockdown measures specific to London amid a rising tide in infections, and had what was described as a "constructive" conversation about potential measures with Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 22.

North West

Households in Merseyside, Warrington, Halton  and 

Lancashire  (excluding Blackpool and Greater Manchester), are banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble. 

From September 22, the following additional restrictions also apply to these areas:

  • Hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to table service only. 
  • A 10pm curfew on restaurants, pubs, and cinemas. The curfew will be in place between 10pm-5am

Residents are also advised to adhere to the following guidance to further reduce rates of infection:

  • Only to use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.  

The Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, said on September 18:  “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.

"Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them."

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