Bits of the North are Back Under Lockdown

By Holly Brockwell on at

Remember when Leicester got put in its own special lockdown because coronavirus cases were higher there? And how it went really well with police having no idea how to enforce it and people from Leicester specifically being banned from Belgium?

Well, the government has decided to do it all again, only with a really random selection of places and almost no notice.

As ever, the rules are about as clear as my glasses when I'm wearing a face mask.

Per the Beeb, the new rules apply specifically to Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle, Rossendale, Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees and – again – poor old Leicester.

People in those areas are no longer allowed to hang out with people outside their "support bubbles" in houses or gardens, and they're only allowed out to places like pubs and restaurants with people they live with.

Just to make things extra confusing, pubs, hairdressers, cinemas, museums etc are reopening in Leicester from Monday but not gyms and pools, which will also have to stay shut in Blackburn but not Luton. Oh and Oadby and Wigston, just outside Leicester, is now out of local lockdown, but not the rest of Leicester.

Did anyone get all of that?

Just to make it extra-crappy, the government decided to announce the new rules late last night, which as all of Twitter has pointed out, is the equivalent of doing it on Christmas Eve given that it was the start of Eid al-Adha. We're sure our very diverse and knowledgeable government knew that though, right?

Oh, speaking of which, health secretary Hatt Mancock said the "targeted" lockdowns are all our own fault, because "most of the transmission is happening between households visiting each other, and people visiting relatives and friends." It's definitely not because the government has been pretending everything's back to normal, releasing rule change after baffling rule change, and giving people discounts on eating out when there's a deadly virus going around.

No, it's our fault for visiting our nans, got it. [BBC]

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