Laws enforcing lockdown restrictions for Greater Manchester five days after they were first announced, have been published.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (North of England) Regulations 2020 come into force from midnight on Wednesday.

Ministers had said the rules, which bans people from different households meeting following a surge in coronavirus cases, would be effective from midnight on 31 July.

Anyone found flouting the restrictions could be fined £100 and up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences.

The rules cover all ten boroughs of Manchester as well as Burnley,Hyndburn,Pendle,Rossendale,Calderdale and Kirklees.

The Health Secretary Matt Hancock says he will conduct his first review into the regulations by August 19.

The new restrictions mean:

You cannot meet people from other households in your home or garden. Household support bubbles are exempt
You cannot visit someone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside of the affected areas
You can only go to pubs, bars and restaurants with people you live with or your support bubble.
Up to two households (or six people from a number of households) may meet outdoors in public space with social distancing (not in gardens).

A household defined as a private dwelling does not include accommodation in a hotel, hostel, campsite, caravan park, members club, boarding house or bed and breakfast accommodation,care homes, children’s homes,Residential Family Centres, educational accommodation,accommodation intended for use by the army, navy or air force, or
criminal justice accommodation

The rules do not apply if someone is giving birth,if a person reasonably believes someone is dying,if the gathering is for work or education purposes,to provide care to a vulnerable person and to facilitate a house move


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