The Speaker
Wednesday, 24 July 2024 – 21:37

Strict new Coronavirus restrictions including overnight venue closures begin in Bolton

Strict new restrictions have been implemented in Bolton as parts of efforts to tackle the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Under new measures, which started with immediate effect on Tuesday, 8 September, all hospitality outlets in Bolton will be restricted to takeaway service only and venues will be required to close overnight between 10pm and 5am.

Existing guidance designed to stop meetings of people from different families inside or in public outdoor places in the town will also be put into law.

The measures come as Bolton currently has the highest rate of Coronavirus cases in the country.

In Bolton, data has shown that the rate of cases per 100,000 people is currently 120. In the week ending 30 August, the rate had been much lower at just 36.4 cases per 100,000 people.

Speaking to MPs on Tuesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said;

“Unfortunately, after improving for several weeks, we have seen a very significant and concerning rise in cases in Bolton.

Bolton is now up to 120 cases per 100,000, the highest case rate in the country. Working with the local council, we are taking further local action.

I want to say directly to everyone living in Bolton: I know how anxious this can be and I know the impact that these measures will have but we need to take this crucial step to keep this virus at bay.”

In recent days, concerns have been raised about rising numbers of Coronavirus cases across the UK and many of the cases are thought to be in young people.

According to Mr Hancock, part of the reason for the rise in cases in Bolton is ‘socialising by people in their 20s and 30s.’ England’s Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Whitty has said that rates of the virus are rising in the UK, especially amongst those aged 17-29.

On Tuesday, it was announced that a further 2,460 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in the UK.

As cases increase, ministers and medical officers have urged the public to avoid complacency and to maintain social distancing.


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