The “local lockdown” regulations for Greater Manchester, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Calderdale and Kirklees are finally in force, having been made and laid before Parliament on 4 August 2020.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions on Gatherings) (North of England) Regulations 2020 are similar to those that applied across the whole of England between 12 June to 3 July 2020. The key provisions are as follows:
- No gatherings in a private dwelling (including gardens and yards) of 2 or more people unless from the same household or a linked household, subject to some exemptions.
- No gatherings of more than 30 people in a public outdoor place, subject to some exemptions.
- Police constables and PCSOs have the power to direct a gathering to disperse, direct any person in the gathering to go home, and to physically remove someone from a gathering (using reasonable force if required).
- It is an offence if, without reasonable excuse, you breach these restrictions or ignore a direction given by a police constable or PCSO. You can be summoned to the magistrates’ court or issued with a fixed penalty notice for £100 (or £50 if paid within 14 days). The penalties escalate for repeated offences.
The Liverpool lockdown remains advisory only insofar as it relates to restrictions on individuals. To its credit, Liverpool City Council has been clear about which measures it is enforcing and which measures are advisory only.