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Preston is latest UK city to see lockdown tightened after infection rate rise

Written by on 07/08/2020

Preston is the latest part of the UK to face a tightening of lockdown measures after rising coronavirus infection rates were reported in the city.

The rolling seven-day rate of new cases of COVID-19 in the Lancashire city has risen from 20.3 per 100,000 people in the seven days to 27 July to 32.8 in the seven days to 3 August. A total of 47 new cases have been recorded in that period.

The restrictions around Greater Manchester will be extended to the city, meaning different households cannot meet indoors, from midnight tonight, the Department of Health has said.

Current restrictions on household gatherings in Greater Manchester, Leicester and parts of West Yorkshire will also continue.

The restrictions that come into place in Preston from midnight are:

  • You cannot have others in your homes and gardens
  • You cannot visit other people’s homes or gardens, even if they are in an unaffected area
  • You are not permitted to mix with other household in indoor venues

Social bubbles are exempt from the restrictions.

Residents can meet in groups of up to six, or more than six if exclusively from two households, in outdoor areas such as parks and beer gardens.

Households can also visit indoor hospitality venues so long as they don’t mix with others.

 Sky News

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