Wigan is put back under local lockdown rules after infection rate goes up

Wigan has been placed back under local lockdown rules after a large rise in the coronavirus infection rate, the town’s MP has confirmed.

The rules covering most of Greater Manchester will now also apply to Wigan.

Lisa Nandy said she had spoken to Health Secretary Matt Hancock this morning (Friday) and was informed that the rule change was down to rising infection rates.

It means the borough is no longer under the same rules as the rest of the country and will be instead subject to specialised local restrictions.

It is not clear if the change in the rules will come into effect immediately.

Wigan was placed under the same rules as Greater Manchester on July 30, but local leaders successfully lobbied for the town to be removed from the restrictions because at the time the infection rate was far lower than in other boroughs.

But the number of positive test has risen quickly in recent weeks and there have been more than 100 new infections for every 100,000 people in the borough over the last week.

In a tweet, Mrs Nandy said: “The Health Minister confirmed in a call this morning that a rise in infections in Wigan means we’re subject to wider Greater Manchester restrictions again.

“I know how hard it is but to prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed please follow the guidance.”

The new rules mean:

  • You must not host people you do not live with at your home or in your garden or meet them in their homes or gardens unless you are in a support bubble.
  • Some people can still visit your home but only in these specific circumstances.
  • Nightclubs and dance halls remain closed.
  • You should not socialise with anyone from another household in any public venue, including pubs, bars or restaurants, unless they are in your support bubble.
  • You should not visit friends or family in care homes unless in exceptional circumstances.
  • You should wear a mask on public transport and avoid car journeys with people from another household where possible.

Other rules remain the same as they do in the rest of the country, including restrictions on pubs and restaurants to offer table service only and to close at 10pm.

To check the rules or see if you fall under any exceptions, go to the government’s website.


Manchester Evening News