Restrictions across Greater Manchester to stay for another week

Date published: 14 August 2020

Measures to bring the rising levels of positive COVID-19 cases in Greater Manchester down, brought in two weeks ago, are set to stay for yet another week.

It means that we still can't meet up with another household in an enclosed space or in private gardens. 

It comes after the latest figures don't show a large enough decrease in the number of positive cases across the region.

The Health Secretary and GM leaders have therefore decided that the restrictions will stay in place to protect residents and give more time for the restrictions to make a difference.

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 will continue to work as one Greater Manchester system with a particular focus on providing support to Oldham as they strengthen further their intensive test and trace operation. 

“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.”

The latest data shows a continued rise in coronavirus cases in Oldham and Pendle, while numbers remain high in Blackburn with Darwen.

Local leaders are now setting up an enhanced incident team to try and bring infection rates under control, with support offered from the government.

Progress will be assessed throughout the weekend and early next week.

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