TOUGH coronavirus rules are being introduced in Oldham in a bid to avoid a Leicester-style local lockdown.
Positive cases have "dramatically" spiked in the last seven days – with more than 100 infections in a week.
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The ramped-up restrictions include a ban on "social visitors" in the home.
Oldham's 250,000 locals have also been told they must keep two metres apart from friends and family when seeing them outside.
Vulnerable and elderly people already shielding are now being asked to continue to do so for another two weeks starting from Friday.
Oldham Council say a "significant proportion" of recent cases involve multiple people testing positive in a single household.
Officials have pinned the rise on large families all living together in one home spreading it from one another.
The area recorded 119 new cases of coronavirus in the seven days to July 25 – compared to 26 positive new cases from the previous week.
This means Oldham has a rate of infection of 50.2 positive tests per 100,000 people.
Oldham tries to avoids local lockdown
THE area has introduced new rules, including:
- No social visitors to homes outside of those in a support bubble
- Those who are shielding should extend their isolation by at least another two weeks
- Care homes will not relax restrictions on care home visiting to protect older and vulnerable people
- Limit contact with other people and respect social distancing – including keeping at least 2 metres from those not in your household and avoid shaking hands or hugging
- When meeting people outside, locals should meet in groups of no more than 6 people from different households
- Everything possible should be done to avoid taking part in gatherings of more than 30 people
- Wear a mask
It was just 10.2 the week before as the government dropped the borough from its "watchlist" of areas of concern due to a fall in the infection rate.
As a result of the surge in cases, locals are now being urged to stay home wherever possible to avoid a Leicester-style local lockdown.
Leicester went back into lockdown on June 30 after a spike in infections, with all non-essential retail stores closed as well as hospitality venues which reopened in the rest of the UK on July 4.
Oldham Deputy council leader and cabinet member for Covid-19 recovery Arooj Shah said: "We know that people across Oldham desperately want to see their friends and family, and get back to normal.
"But these restrictions are essential if we are to stop the spread of coronavirus and prevent a strict local lockdown being put in place, as we have seen elsewhere in the country.”
The move follows similar restrictions in Blacckburn after an alarming spike in cases.
Blackburn and Darwen Council called on locals to "elbow bump" with anyone outside of their immediate family and imposed a limit of two people from the same household allowed to visit another home.
It come as cases soared in the area, with 61 new cases appearing in the week before the restrictions were imposed.
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