Detailed guide: North of England: local restrictions

An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston, and West Yorkshire. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.

If you live in these parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire, Preston and West Yorkshire, you should follow these rules when meeting people who you do not live with. There is separate guidance to cover Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle (where additional restrictions apply to some parts) and Leicester.

The national easements for 15 August will not apply to the affected local areas listed below. The business closures section below lists the types of businesses and venues that must remain closed in these areas.

Affected local areas

  • Greater Manchester:
  • Lancashire:
  • West Yorkshire:
    • Bradford
    • Calderdale
    • Kirklees

Local restrictions

Social contact

Your household is only the people you live with, or people within your support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with any other household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, you must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless theyre in your support bubble
  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)
  • visit someone elses home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas

You should not:

  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households. If you run such a business or organise events on their premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance
  • visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances

The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 100. People aged 18 or over can be fined:

  • 100 for the first offence, lowered to 50 if paid within 14 days
  • 200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 3,200

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law:

  • where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
  • to attend a birth at the mothers request
  • to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
  • to fulfil a legal obligation
  • for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services (see guidance on working safely in other peoples homes)
  • for the purposes of education or training
  • for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • to provide emergency assistance
  • to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • to facilitate a house move
  • to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.

Business and venue closures

The following settings must not open for all areas covered by this page:

  • casinos
  • skating rinks
  • bowling alleys
  • indoor play areas, including soft play areas
  • exhibition centres and conference halls

We advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart for all areas covered by this page:

  • indoor performances (even with a social distanced audience)
  • close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
  • wedding receptions and celebrations

In Bradford (within the limits of the City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council), the following must also remain closed:

  • indoor gyms
  • indoor fitness and dance studios
  • indoor sports courts and facilities
  • indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks

Changes in restrictions

Can I meet people in my home?

People from different households must not meet in a private home or garden. You must not:

  • host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless theyre in your support bubble
  • meet people you do not live with in their home or garden
  • travel outside of these areas to meet people in their home or garden

Your household is only the people you live with, or people within your support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with any other household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

Can I meet people outdoors?

You should only socialise in outside public places (like parks) in groups of up to 6 people from multiple households. Gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is exclusively from 2 households or support bubbles. You should always socially distance from people outside of your household.

The police will be able to take action against those that gather in groups larger than 30 people, including asking people to disperse and issuing 100 fixed penalty notices.

You should always socially distance from people outside of your household.

There are some exceptions where you may be able to meet in larger groups.

What should I do if I am shielding?

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are no longer being advised to shield from 1 August, unless they live in Blackburn with Darwen.

Can I go to public places like restaurants, gyms or shops?

You can still visit public places like cafes, restaurants, gyms (apart from in Bradford) or shops.

If youre going to be indoors, you should only go with members of your own household. This applies even if you are going to a public place outside of the restricted areas. You should socially distance from other households at all times unless they are in your support bubble.

If youre visiting outdoor areas of cafes, restaurants or pubs, you should only meet in groups of up to 2 households, or up to 6 people from multiple households.

You should avoid socialising with people from other households when you visit shops, leisure centres, cafes and any other indoor public places.

How do I arrange childcare?

You can continue to use registered childcare provision, including



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