Manchester Mayor urges people NOT to visit family & friends in homes despite lockdown rules lifting


GREATER Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has urged people not to visit family and friends in homes despite lockdown rules being lifted.

Mr Burnham branded the easing of restrictions in parts of Manchester “completely illogical”.

Manchester Mayor has said people should continue to follow lockdown rules in Bolton and Trafford

Andy Burnham branded the decision to lift measures “completely illogical”

Last week, the Government announced the ban on people meeting up with different households indoors and in private gardens would be lifted in Bolton, Stockport, Trafford, Burnley and Hynburn today.

But Mr Burnham told BBC Radio 4 that people in Bolton and Trafford should “continue to follow the guidance” and not have gatherings in homes.

He said: “We find ourselves at a completely unsustainable position this morning – that’s the politest way I can put it.

“Overnight we’ve had restrictions released in two boroughs where we’ve got a rising number of cases – in one case in the red zone.

“And neighbouring boroughs are still under restrictions but with much lower numbers of cases.

“These restrictions were always hard to explain to the public but they are completely illogical now.”

Council leaders in Bolton and Trafford have also begged for lockdown restrictions to be kept in place because of spiralling numbers of coronavirus cases.

In the week up to 29 August, there were 170 fresh cases in Bolton, up from 53 cases the week before – one of the highest rates in England with 59 cases per 100,000 residents.

The rate in Trafford has risen from 19.4 to 35.4 per 100,000 with 84 new cases.

Bolton council leader David Greenhalgh said it was with a “heavy heart” they asked for restrictions to be kept in place.

He said: “There has been a sudden and unforeseeable rise in the number of coronavirus cases in Bolton.

“We have always been led by the data, which means we have no choice but to act quickly to keep everyone safe.”

Trafford Council leader Andrew Western has also said lifting restrictions would be “premature”.

In a letter to the health secretary yesterday, he accused the Government of causing “chaos and confusion” by easing lockdown measures.

Last night, Glasgow was thrown into lockdown and people banned from visiting one another indoors after a surge in coronavirus cases.



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