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Manchester resident says people won't adhere to tighter lockdown rules after confusing announcement.

Manchester resident, Michelle Rowlands, said the new lockdown rules are so confusing people aren't likely to stick to them.

She said: "There's so much uncertainty for people, there's people saying, 'well I'm just going to carry on doing what I've been doing.' Is that the right thing to do? Probably not."

She also criticises Matt Hancock's unclear, late-night lockdown announcement imposing rules from midnight saying it should've waited until they had the clear list of guidelines this morning: "Who would be meeting family from midnight to 9am?"

"If I had been out last night I would've been a bit confused, do I need to leave now or can I stay out until 5 minutes to midnight."

Lockdown restrictions were reintroduced on July 30 for around five million people across a large area of northern England after a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

The new rules ban different households in Greater Manchester, parts of east Lancashire and West Yorkshire from meeting each other inside their homes or even in gardens.

The government announced the measures at 9.16pm on Thursday, July 30, less than three hours before they took effect at midnight.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said "households gathering and not abiding by the social-distancing rules" was a reason for the stricter rules and that the move was in order to "keep the country safe".

He said: "We take this action with a heavy heart but unfortunately it's necessary because we've seen that households meeting up and a lack of social distancing is one of the causes of this rising rate of coronavirus and we'll do whatever is necessary to keep the country safe."

The move comes as celebrations take place for the Muslim festival of Eid al Adha, which started on the evening of July 30 and continues over the weekend, and after the Government reimposed quarantine measures for those arriving in the UK from Spain and Luxembourg.

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Local lockdown rules – what you can and can’t do in Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12274945/local-lockdown-greater-manchester-lancashire-west-yorkshire/

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