Partial lockdown for Oldham and two other places

Oldham will not go into a full local lockdown, the town’s council leader has said.

Councillor Sean Fielding said that some restrictions would be introduced however.

It follows speculation this week that the town could have followed Leicester in being locked down.

Mr Fielding tweeted: “We have reached agreement with the Government that Oldham will not go into full local economic lockdown.

“Some additional restrictions will be introduced, however.”

People in Oldham, Blackburn and parts of Pendle will be told not to socialise with anyone from outside their household from midnight on Saturday to slow the spread of coronavirus.

While preventing businesses from closing, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said the measures mean social activities indoors and outdoors can only be shared by people who live in the same home.

Residents will also be told to avoid using public transport except for essential travel.

The DHSC also said measures will be relaxed in Wigan, Rossendale and Darwen, while Birmingham is added to a watch list as an “area of enhanced support” and Northampton becomes an “area of intervention”.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “The only way we can keep on top of this deadly virus is through decisive action led by the people who know their areas best, wherever possible through consensus with a local area.

“Working with local leaders we agreed further action in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn.

“Our approach is to make the action we take as targeted as possible, with the maximum possible local consensus.”

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