The government could extend the ban on meetings of people from two households nationally, a No10 spokesperson hinted today.
The ban, which is currently being enforced in Greater Manchester, east Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire, means people from separate households cannot meet inside homes or gardens. This does not apply to those who have formed a support bubble.
Speaking at a press briefing today, a No10 spokesperson refused to rule out a national roll-out of the restrictions. The spokesperson instead noted that they only apply to parts of northern England “at the moment” and that the government’s focus is on localised restrictions. The spokesperson warned that people should continue to observe social distancing rules.
The restrictions on social contact in parts of northern England have been in force since 1st August. Those in affected areas should not:
- Meet people they do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where a support bubble has been formed
- Visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
- Socialise with people they do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. People may attend these venues with others they live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households.
- Visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.
The police can take action against those that break the rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices up to £100.