Visiting people at home banned in parts of England -NK#135138

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionHere's what Health Secretary Matt Hancock says about the measure

On Thursday night the United Kingdom government announced new local lockdown measures in areas of Northern England due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

But the new measures have come under criticism from the opposition Labour party for being announced late at night.

The rules affect 4.5 million people across Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire, where the government said there had been a growing number of Covid-19 cases. You can not meet people you do not live with in a private garden.

He added: 'We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of coronavirus across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe'.

People in the affected areas are still allowed to meet outdoors in groups of no more than six people in a public area ensuring that they are following social distancing measures.

People living in certain areas up north will no longer be able to visit friends inside their homes.

From 31 July, residents living in the affected areas can no longer meet with people from other households in their homes or private gardens.

Asked by the BBC if the United Kingdom was now entering a second wave, Hancock said: "It is not yet and we are absolutely determined to take the action that is needed".

Health secretary Matt Hancock said: 'Unfortunately we've seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England.

"I'm very grateful to the local Muslim leaders, the imams in fact, across the country who've been working so hard to find a way to have COVID-secure celebrations", he said.

Britain on Thursday banned people from different household in Manchester and stretches of northern England from meeting indoors because of a spike in coronavirus infections.

A statement from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority said that leaders agreed with the new measures, but that details of any measures such of these should be published as soon as any announcement is made.

Early today Matt Hancock said that the new rules were "crystal clear".

He also confirmed restrictions in Leicester will remain in place.

"The picture in Greater Manchester has changed over the last seven days", he told the BBC.

"They will be reviewed weekly; meaning the more we stick to them, the quicker they will be removed".



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