Tighter restrictions in Bolton after infection rate becomes worst in England
People in Bolton are being asked not to mix with other households after a spike in coronavirus cases.
Locals in the Greater Manchester town are also being advised to only use public transport for essential purposes.
The new measures, which were announced on Saturday evening and come into effect immediately, aim to prevent the need for a local lockdown, Bolton Council said.
It comes as town’s infection rate recently increased to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week, the highest in England.
This is well above the 20 per 100,000 threshold used for the UK’s travel quarantine lists.
Bolton Council said those aged between 18 and 49 account for more than 90% of the cases.
The new measures were announced this evening and come into effect immediately with the aim of preventing the need of a local lockdown – which could see shops being told to shut their doors once again.
Under the new measures people should only use public transport to travel to education, work or for essential appointments, such as one at a hospital.
The advice is to also avoid mixing with other households in any setting, whether it be indoors or outdoors, unless they are part of a person’s ‘support bubble’.
More to follow.