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All the rules for each Greater Manchester borough as new restrictions are introduced

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New coronavirus measures were announced this week including hospitality curfews, increased fines and new face-covering rules. 

These measures will be implemented across the nation, however Greater Manchester is still under local lockdown with its own specified restrictions. 

Below is an outline of the rules for each borough. 

Bury, Manchester, Rochdale, Salford, Tameside and Trafford

  • Private gardens & homes:
    • You must not allow anyone who does not live with you (or in support bubble) inside your home or garden.
    • You must not attend someone else’s home or garden. 
  • Public spaces (indoors):
    • Customers and staff must wear a face mask inside hospitality venues unless seated to eat or drink. 
    • Pubs and bars must close at 10pm on the dot from September 24th, meaning last orders must be called at around 9:30pm.
    • Venues are now restricted to table service only (excluding takeaways) – businesses breaking these rules face a £10,000 fine. 
    • You must not socialise with those you do not live with (unless it’s a support bubble) inside public venues, including pubs, restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure centres, gyms, entertainment venues or visitor attractions.
  • Outdoor public spaces: 
    • You can socialise with people in public places such as parks, in groups of no more than six people. 
  • Travel:
    • You can travel around the area, wearing a face mask on public transport and not sharing a car with people outside of your household or bubble.
    • You can travel outside the area but you cannot meet with people in their home or garden (whether that is inside or out of the area).
    • You can go on holiday but only with people you live with. In other areas of the UK you must follow the local laws and guidance at all times. 
  • Childcare:
    • Only registered childcare providers and nannies can visit your home to help with childcare. This means family and friends cannot help with childcare unless they are in your bubble.
  • Care homes: 
    • You can only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances defined by the care home itself. 
  • Weddings & funerals: 
    • Weddings will be limited to 15 people from September 28th and funerals 30 people.
  • Places of worship:  
    • You can attend places of worship if you socially distance from those you do not live with and wear a face covering when two-metre distance cannot be achieved. Where possible services should take place outside. 
  • Moving home: 
    • You can still have viewings of your home. Estate agents and removal firms can continue to work. 

Bolton

  • Homes & gardens:
    • You cannot have someone you do not live with inside your home or garden.
    • You cannot visit someone else’s home or garden whether in or outside the Bolton area. 
    • Different households must not mix anywhere inside or outside. 
  • Public spaces (indoors):
    • Hospitality venues are restricted to takeaway and delivery services only. They must close between 10pm and 5am. 
    • You cannot socialise with those you do not live with inside any public venue. 
    • You must not interact with and socially distance yourself from those outside of your household and/or bubble. 
  • Outdoor spaces:
    • You cannot meet people you do not live with outdoors in any setting.
  • Childcare:
    • Only registered childcare providers and nannies can visit your home to help with childcare. This means family and friends cannot help with childcare unless they are in your bubble.
  • Travel:
    • You can only use public transport for essential purposes such as education, work and essential appointments (hospital).
    • Face masks must be worn on all public transport and enclosed areas.
    • You should not share a car with those outside of your bubble.
    • You can still go on holiday in the UK and abroad but only with your household members and abide by rules of where you visit, including self-isolation rules when travelling to and from countries. 
  • Care homes:
    • You can only visit care homes in exceptional circumstances defined by the care home itself. 
  • Weddings & funerals:
    • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals can go ahead but with only six people.
    • They should be limited to household members (and support bubble) and close family. 
    • A close friend can attend a funeral if there are no household members or immediate family members.
    • People living outside of Bolton can travel to attend but cannot meet with other households in private homes or gardens.
  • Places of worship:
    • You can attend places of worship if you socially distance from those you do not live with and wear a face covering. Where possible services should take place outside. 
  • Moving home:
    • You can still have viewings of your home. Estate agents and removal firms can continue to work. 

Oldham

  • Homes, gardens & indoor venues: 
    • You cannot socialise with anyone outside of your house or support bubble. This overrides the ‘rule of six’. 
  • Indoor public spaces:
    • Pubs and bars must close at 10pm on the dot from September 24th, meaning last orders must be called beforehand. You must wear a face mask.
    • You can only attend restaurants in Oldham with your household or support bubble.
    • Informal sports are not permitted. Formally organised sports clubs where sports-governing body guidance has been issued can be played. 
  • Transport:
    • You must avoid public transport, except for essential travel. 
    • You must wear a face mask. 

Stockport and Wigan 

National guidelines apply in Stockport and Wigan as there are no local restrictions. 

See the latest national rule changes here

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Greater Manchester Nightingale Hospital open again due to high levels of coronavirus

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The Nightingale Hospital for the North West will open later this week and house non-Covid patients.

The temporary facility to treat patients with Covid-19 opened originally in April but has been closed in summer. 

However, later this week it is set to reopen for non-Covid patients.

It is set to reopen as figures show the number of coronavirus patients being treated in the North West is now approaching the level it was in the first surge of the virus.

A spokesperson said: “The NHS Nightingale Hospital North West will accept patients from today to provide care for those who do not have Covid-19, but do need further support before they are able to go home, such as therapy and social care assessments.”

As of October 26th, North West hospitals had 2,407 patients with coronavirus, the highest number of cases since April 23rd.

Dr Jane Eddleston, medical director of the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Nightingale will not be used as a critical care facility and neither was it in the first phase. It will be used as a facility for patients to have additional rehabilitation.”

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Sacha Lord says 10pm curfew will be reviewed next month

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Greater Manchester’s Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha Lord, has said the government will review the 10pm curfew in November. 

All hospitality venues must shut their doors at 10pm under current laws, however, Sacha Lord and other industry members have been campaigning the curfew.

Since September 24th, when the curfew was put in place, the #CancelTheCurfew movement has been backed by a number of industry professionals.

The Parklife founder, Lord, filed a pre-action letter last night which claimed there was no scientific justification of the Tier 3 regulations and the limits on pubs and bars operating hours. 

Lord has tweeted that the government ‘are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew’ in November.

He wrote: “In November, the Government are reviewing the UK 10pm curfew.

“It doesn’t work for the public or operators.

“Overloaded transport, crowded takeaways, supermarkets etc.

“It’s doing far more harm than good. Operators are running safe and secure COVID19 venues.

“Cancel the Curfew”

Lord confirmed they had a formal response from the government regarding the judicial review where he said ‘we consider it insufficient’.

He added “I cannot go into detail, but I can say that we have considered it and it is insufficient. I have instructed my lawyers to commence legal proceedings.”

Lord is now backing the OneGM campaign, which sees different sectors of the industry coming together to show support for businesses and people in Greater Manchester. 

It is unclear yet when Greater Manchester will be removed from Tier 3 restrictions.

 

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Dr Hilary backs calls for tier 3 restrictions across all of England by Christmas

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Dr Hilary has responded on GMB this morning to reports that the whole of England should be in tier 3 by Christmas. 

It comes following some reports that all of England could be placed under the strictest coronavirus restrictions by mid-December. 

The UK deaths hit their highest level in five months on Tuesday, when 367 new fatalities linked to coronavirus and nearly 23,000 more cases were recorded.

The Sun explained that SAGE member, Professor Sir Mark Walport said it is ‘not unrealistic’ to think that 25,000 people could be in hospital with Covid-19 by the end of November.

With total Covid related deaths reaching 61,000 across the nation, there are predictions that figures will be higher than the Spring peak come December.

Members of the Government’s Scientific Advisory Body (Sage) are reportedly warning that virus rates all over the country will soar past the levels seen in areas in the North already.

A government source also told The Sun ‘the latest Sage numbers are utterly bleak.’

According to the Daily Telegraph, ‘Downing Street is working on the assumption that the second wave of COVID-19 will be more deadly than the first.’

From next week parts of Nottinghamshire and Warrington will be placed into Tier Three.

This means that more than eight million people in England, predominantly in the North, will be under the most stringent Covid-19 restrictions by the end of the week.

The Environment Secretary, George Eustice, told Sky News: “The prime minister has been very clear, as we all are, that we want people to celebrate Christmas in a way that is as close to normal as possible.

“But it is too early to be able to say exactly what the situation will become Christmas, and exactly what different parts of the country will or will not be able to do.

“Obviously checking the spread of this virus is paramount, but alongside that we want people to live their lives as close to normal as possible, including at Christmas which is an incredibly important time for families.”

Dr Hilary Jones spoke on Good Morning Britain this morning explaining that a vaccine ‘won’t stop a rise in infections’.

Jones said: “Just look at the figures, the hospital admissions are increasing, doubling every two weeks. In a month from now, we’ll be worse than we were in the first wave.”

He said: “We can’t rely on a vaccine, we hope it will save people from dying but it won’t stop infections, not the early vaccine anyway.”

Adding that: “I think we still need to rely on the basic principles which is hands, face, space and if we all do that and we’re realistic and don’t say Christmas is an exception.

“If we make Christmas an exception, then every celebration will be an exception. A birthday, a Friday night, a promotion…” 

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