Parts of Northern England were placed under local lockdowns last week, following a spike in coronavirus cases in some areas.
The tougher restrictions extend to parts of West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Greater Manchester, with the UK government enforcing stricter rules on 31 July.
Similar restrictions are already in place in Leicester, while Aberdeen in Scotland was also placed under lockdown by the Scottish Government on 5 August.
But when could measures be lifted? Here’s everything you need to know.
Which parts of England are under local lockdown?
As of 31 July, parts of West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Greater Manchester must follow tougher lockdown measures to help contain the spread of coronavirus.
The affected local areas include:
- Blackburn with Darwen
- City of Manchester
Preston will also be faced with tightened lockdown restrictions from midnight on Friday (7 August), the Department of Health has said.
The restrictions come after 47 new cases were recorded in the past week and will mean that different households will not be allowed to meet indoors.
What measures are in place?
People who live in these affected areas are no longer allowed to meet with people who do not live in their household in a private home or garden.
Rules also prevent people from mixing with another household in other indoor public venues,such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops and places or worship.
This rule does not apply to people who are in a support bubble, as they count as part of their household.
People are still allowed to meet outdoors in public spaces, such as parks, in groups of no larger than six, unless everyone is from two households.
Rules state that people living inside and outside of the affected areas can continue to travel in and out for work, but should not travel outside of their area to meet with people, other than those in their support bubble, in their homes, gardens or indoor public places.
People can also still go on holiday outside of their area, but must only do this with people in their household, or who they have formed a support bubble with.
Additionally, in Bradford and Blackburn with Darwen the following premises must remain closed by law:
- indoor gyms
- indoor fitness and dance studios
- indoor sports courts and facilities
- indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks
When will lockdown measures be reviewed?
The UK government announced the lockdown for parts of the north of England on the evening of 30 July, with the rules coming into effect the following day.
The measures are expected to be reviewed every two weeks, meaning the next review is expected to take place on 13 August.
Following this, changes to restrictions could be made, with measures possibly tightened or relaxed based on the current rate of infections in the affected areas.