Latest Stockport lockdown rules, updates and restrictions

Stockport will be placed back under local lockdown rules after a large rise in the coronavirus infection rate.

The rules will come into force at midnight on Saturday, September 26.

The change comes after the borough was released from tighter Greater Manchester lockdown restrictions earlier in September.

From September 2, residents were allowed to socialise in groups of up to two households indoors in line with the rest of the UK – but this has been reversed again.

While the virus has had a relatively low infection rate in Stockport, it’s risen in recent weeks.

Stockport’s latest coronavirus infection rate – as of September 25 – is 77.4 per 100,000 population with 227 new cases confirmed in the seven days to September 22.

People in Stockport must also abide by the ‘rule of six’ which was introduced on September 14 – making it illegal for more than six people anywhere in England to socialise in any setting.

Those who break the rules can be dispersed by police and issued with a fine – which start at £100 and will double for each further offence up to £3,200.

What are the latest lockdown rules in Stockport?

The main points are:

  • you must not host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble

  • you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they’re in your support bubble

  • it’s advised that you should not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue – this applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks

  • it’s advised you don’t visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances
  • nightclubs and dance halls remain closed
  • you should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble
  • rules still ban playdates and parties, but allow for family and friends to share childcare for those under 14 so that parents can go to work
  • you should wear a mask on public transport and in enclosed public spaces
  • if outdoors, you can meet in groups of up to six people who you do not live with or who are not in your support bubble
  • or you can also meet people in groups of more than six people if everyone is exclusively from two households
  • from September 28, weddings are limited to 15 guests

Other rules remain the same as they do in the rest of the country, including restrictions on pubs and restaurants to offer table service only and to close at 10pm.

Anyone with other specific questions about the rules can check the latest government advice here.

|Ma Evening Post