The Government says new cases of the virus in Lancashire are mainly coming from households meeting in private homes or gardens and not abiding by social distancing rules, rather than in leisure venues or workplaces.
The Government is advising that if you live in one of the affected areas to follow these new rules:
• You should NOT meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble.
• Do NOT visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas (unless it is as part of a support bubble for a vulnerable person).
• You CAN go to pubs, restaurants and other leisure venues - but only with members of your own household.
• You CAN meet in public outdoor spaces in groups of no more than six people, unless the group includes only people from two households. Social distancing should be observed at all times with people you do not live with – unless they are in your support bubble.
• You CAN travel to work. however, workplaces must implement Covid-19 Secure guidance.
The government will today sign new regulations to make these changes legally enforceable.
The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices (starting at £100 – halving to £50 if paid in the first 14 days – and doubling for subsequent offences).
Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the restrictions would be a particular blow for those celebrating Eid this weekend.
He said: "For those preparing to celebrate Eid Al Adha this weekend with friends and family these restrictions will come as a blow but everyone is being urged to follow the new rules and to protect the ones they love from catching coronavirus.
Mosques and other places of worship have reopened for prayer and communal worship, but in a different socially distanced and COVID-19 Secure way. This means that while mosques can remain open, many will not be able to welcome as many worshippers as before."
Full guidance can be found on the Government website