Visiting People at Home Banned in Northern England

Separate households have been banned from meeting each other indoors in northern England following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The health secretary said the increase in transmission was “largely due” to people not observing social distancing.

The new local lockdown rules come nearly four weeks after restrictions were eased across England, allowing people to meet indoors for the first time since late March.

More than four million residents will be affected by the tightening of restrictions. The measures mean different households will not be allowed to meet in homes or private gardens. Individual households will still be able to go to pubs and restaurants but not mix with another household.

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the decision to ban households in parts of northern England from meeting indoors was the “right” one, adding: “This is a sharp reminder that the threat of this virus is still very real.”

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