Restrictions on gatherings continue
The current restrictions on social gatherings in Greater Manchester, including Bolton, will continue.
The measures were announced two weeks ago to urgently tackle an increase in Covid-19 cases.
The latest evidence does not show a decrease in the number of cases per 100,000 people, and the Health Secretary, in collaboration with local leaders, has agreed that the rules must remain in place at present. This will help protect local residents, and allow more time for the changes to have an effect, cutting transmission among households.
This means that people in Greater Manchester will continue to not be permitted to mix with other households (apart from those in their support bubble) within private homes or gardens. People are still able to meet others in groups of up to six individuals, or two households, in outdoor public places.
The national easing of restrictions planned for tomorrow (15 August) around the reopening of venues including casinos, bowling alleys and conference halls will not apply to Greater Manchester.
Read the full restrictions here.
A Greater Manchester Combined Authority spokesperson said: “The Mayor of Greater Manchester and leaders once again agreed on Wednesday that increased restrictions should continue across the city-region for another week.
“The situation in Greater Manchester remains challenging. It is clear that, while the current restrictions appear to be having a positive effect in some places, we urgently need to bring the number of cases down in several boroughs. Everyone in Greater Manchester must do all they can to reduce the number of cases. That means individuals, pubs, restaurants and supermarkets all taking this seriously and following all the regulations.
“We understand that this is a frustrating time for business owners, particularly in the areas affected, and it is important that these restrictions are reviewed on a weekly basis. We do not want any part of Greater Manchester to go in lockdown. But this requires us all to pull together right now. It’s a moment in which we all need to be aware of what is happening, follow the guidance and protect the health of everyone in Greater Manchester.”
Minister for Health Edward Argar said: “I’d like to thank everyone in Greater Manchester for their continued patience in following these vital rules put in place to tackle the spread of the disease – I know it hasn’t been easy.
“We will review the measures again next week as part of our ongoing surveillance and monitoring of the latest data.
“It is essential we all remain vigilant, and I urge everyone in these areas to continue to follow the rules - wash your hands regularly, follow social distancing, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to.”