The UK areas currently in local lockdown
As the UK continues to ease national lockdown rules, a number of areas are now subject to their own local lockdowns following spikes in the number of coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday the city of Aberdeen became the latest place to have a local lockdown imposed in a bid to curb a growing spread of COVID-19 cases.
The city is among around 20 towns and cities across the UK that are currently subject to local lockdowns, which have also been put in place in Leicester, Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
So which parts of the UK are affected and what are the restrictions?
On 5 August it was announced that Aberdeen would be subject to a local lockdown after a coronavirus outbreak that by Thursday afternoon had seen 79 confirmed cases in the city.
Those living in the area can’t travel more than five miles for leisure or recreational purposes, though people can travel for work or education.
The Scottish Government is also advising people not to travel to Aberdeen.
The local lockdown measures mean people shouldn’t visit other households and all indoor and outdoor hospitality venues, including restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, have been ordered to close.
The restrictions will be reviewed in seven days time and may be extended.
The City of Manchester as well as Trafford, Stockport, Oldham, Bury, Wigan, Bolton, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford are all subject to a local lockdown as part of measures taken across the north west of England.
People can’t meet people they don’t live with inside a private home or garden unless they have formed a support bubble, and residents are banned from socialising with people outside their households when at venues like pubs, bars and restaurants.
People can’t visit friends or family in care homes in these towns.
The same restrictions are in place in some Lancashire towns, including: Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle and Rossendale.
As part of the rules, people have also been told not to visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside the affected areas.
Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees, which includes Huddersfield as well as Batley, Birstall, Cleckheaton, Denby Dale, Dewsbury, Heckmondwike, Holmfirth, Kirkburton, Marsden, Meltham, Mirfield and Slaithwaite in West Yorkshire are also subject to the same local lockdown restrictions.
From 1 August, in Bradford indoor gyms, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor sports courts and facilities and indoor swimming pools were also ordered to close.
Restrictions have gradually been lifted in Leicester, which was the first place to become subject to a local lockdown.
Oadby and Wigston, which was also previously subject to the lockdown, now has had all restrictions lifted in line with the rest of England.
In Leicester, some measures still remain in place, including leisure centres, gyms and pools remaining closed. People are still banned from meeting in private homes or gardens and have been told not to travel outside of the area to meet people in their homes or gardens.
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