FURTHER restrictions on socialising will come into force across the Bradford district from Tuesday, the Government has announced.

People from all parts of Bradford district will now be banned from socialising with others outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

Some wards in the district had been exempt from restrictions on gatherings introduced at the start of last month, but these wards will now also be subject to the ban.

Matt Hancock, the Health and Social Care Secretary, said: “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton. Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.

“I know these restrictions will make everyday life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission.

“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’. By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”

The decisions have been made in close collaboration with local leaders, with many requesting restrictions to help prevent further increase.

These changes are in addition to the ‘Rule of six’ which was introduced nationwide on Monday, limiting the number of people who can gather indoors or outdoors to six. This rule is in place across the country and will sit alongside additional restrictions in some local areas.