Blackburn, Leicester and Hounslow in London are among the areas which are seeing the new recommendations, increased testing and a boost to the vaccination rollout.
Updated Government advice for these areas says: ‘Wherever possible, you should try to… meet outside rather than inside… keep 2 metres apart from people that you don’t live with (unless you have formed a support bubble with them), this includes friends and family you don’t live with… minimise travel in and out of affected areas.’
Officials have distanced themselves from the idea that these new guidelines echo last year’s local lockdowns.
The health secretary promised a ‘strengthened package of support’ for the affected areas.
Matt Hancock told MPs: ‘I can tell the House that today, working with local authorities, we are providing a strengthened package of support based on what’s happening in Bolton to help Greater Manchester and Lancashire tackle the rise in the Delta variant that we are seeing there.
‘This includes rapid response teams, putting in extra testing, military support and supervised in-school testing.’
He further added the Government faces a ‘challenging decision’ over whether to lift remaining lockdown restrictions across England on June 21.
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