Easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Bolton and Trafford cancelled after rise in infections

The planned easing of local Covid-19 restrictions in Bolton and Trafford has been scrapped after both boroughs saw a rise in infection rates.

Wednesday, 2nd September 2020, 1:12 pm
The planned easing of local Covid-19 restrictions in Bolton and Trafford have been scrapped after both boroughs saw a rise in infection rates

Health and Care Secretary Matt Hancock, said: “Following a significant change in the level of infection rates over the last few days, a decision has been taken that Bolton and Trafford will now remain under existing restrictions.

“This decision has been made in collaboration with local leaders after reviewing the latest data. We continually monitor outbreaks across the country, and have seen infection rates increase more than three times in Bolton in under a week, and double in Trafford since the last review.

“We have always been clear we will take swift and decisive action where needed to contain outbreaks. We can bring the rates down if we continue to work together and I urge everyone to continue to play their part by following the rules – get tested if you have symptoms, self-isolate and practice social distancing.”

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Chris Green, the MP for Bolton West and Atherton, expressed his disappointment over the decision, saying: "Despite what I and local press understood, Bolton is being kept in local lockdown. I'm disappointed at how this important decision has been communicated because of the impact this will have on people's lives."