The UK has issued strict lockdown rules following a spike in coronavirus cases. Separate families have been banned from meeting each other indoors in Greater Manchester and parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
The health secretary said that the transmission increased as people are not following social distancing.
Labor criticized the government for announcing the measures “late at night”.
More thanour million residents of Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees will be influenced by the strict lockdown measures after spike in cases.
According to details, Different families will not be permitted to meet in homes or private gardens. Separate families will still be permitted to visit pubs and restaurants.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said that the same measures would be implemented in Leicester.
However, restaurants, pubs, and other facilities will be reopened in the city from Monday.
Mr. Hancock said, “The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding by social distancing. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.
“We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of COVID across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe.”
The government said that police and councils will be granted powers to implement new force.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer welcomed the move but criticized the way it was handled. He said that announcing measures “affecting potentially millions of people late at night on Twitter is a new low for the government’s communications during this crisis”.
He added: “When the government ended the daily press conferences, they said they would hold them for ‘significant announcements’, including local lockdowns. It’s hard to imagine what could be more significant than this.”