UK lockdown: Which cities are in lockdown across the UK? | UK | News
The Government has given councils across the UK the power to reinstate local lockdowns if they deem it necessary. A spike or cluster in coronavirus cases can be the cause of a local lockdown, with the potential to close pubs, bars and restaurants and ask residents to remain home where possible.
Already local lockdown powers have been exercised, with Leicester becoming the first city to have restrictions reimposed.
At the end of June, coronavirus cases in Leicester accounted for 10 percent of those declared in the UK.
To stem the spread of the virus restrictions were placed in Leicester, stopping families and friends from meeting, preventing hospitality to reopen and closing non-essential shops.
As the UK grapples with COVID-19, more local lockdowns may take place.
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The rules are
Two households are no longer allowed to meet at home or in a private garden. There are exceptions for support bubbles.
If friends or relatives live outside the lockdown zone, those from the affected area cannot visit.
Pubs and restaurants will remain open however two households will no longer be allowed to meet indoors. This applies to cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues.
Reviews of the restrictions are likely to take place in two weeks.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock will review the regulations for Bradford on Saturday, August 15. For Kirklees and Calderdale, the review date is Wednesday 19th August.
On Wednesday, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Aberdeen would be going back into lockdown following a cluster of cases.
Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh Ms Sturgeon said 54 cases have been reported as of Wednesday.
She added 191 contacts have been traced in relation to the cluster.
She said the rise in cases has contributed to a greater fear there was a “significant outbreak” in the city.
According to the First Minister, more than 20 other pubs and restaurants are involved in the cluster.
The five-mile travel rule has been put in place and residents are being told not to enter each other’s houses.
Residents cannot travel more than five miles from their homes if they are in the affected area.
All indoor and outdoor hospitality was told to close by 5pm on Wednesday.