The latest raft of restrictions aims to prevent a local lockdown, Bolton Council has said. The COVID-19 infection rate now stands at 99 cases per 1
The latest raft of restrictions aims to prevent a local lockdown, Bolton Council has said. The COVID-19 infection rate now stands at 99 cases per 100,000 people per week. More than 90 percent of cases recorded have related to people aged between 18 and 49, according to the council.
The new rules, ushered in by the council following consultation with Public Health England (PHE), apply to meetings indoors and outdoors but exceptions will be made if a person is part of a support bubble.
Journeys on public transport should only be made for essential trips, such as getting to work, school or a medical appointment.
Council leader David Greenhalgh said: “Now, more than ever, we need everyone in Bolton to play their part.
“Nobody wants these restrictions to remain a moment longer than necessary and we believe these new measures will keep everyone safe and help avoid a full lockdown in Bolton.
“Alongside a range of additional measures and interventions across Bolton we are asking everyone, particularly the younger age groups, to continue to follow the guidelines.”
The change to rules in Bolton comes as the leader of Leeds City Council said she was concerned about “a bit of a complacency coming in” as the city was added to the Government’s “areas of concern” watchlist.
Judith Blake said there had been a rise in house parties, with seven £10,000 fines issued to illegal rave organisers last weekend.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Ms Blake said: “We feel there is a bit of a complacency coming in. What we are seeing is the numbers are changing, and actually more young people are testing positive and they are spread around the city.
“So whereas we were focusing more on specific communities at the beginning, it is now clear the pattern is changing.”
She said the council was urging young people to “recognise their own responsibility” in helping to reduce the spread of the virus.
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