Pubs, bars and restaurants in Bolton will only be able to operate as takeaways and will be forced to close their doors from 10pm under a significant escalation of coronavirus restrictions in the area.
Speaking in the Commons, the health secretary said: “We’ve seen a very significant rise in cases in Bolton. Bolton is now up to 120 cases per 100,000 population - the highest case rate in the country.
“I must therefore tell the House working with the council we’re taking further local action. The rise of cases in Bolton is largely due to socialising by people in their 20s and 30s – we know this through contact tracing.
“Through our contact tracing system we’ve identified a number of pubs at which the virus has spread significantly. We are therefore taking the following action in Bolton, starting immediately.
“We will restrict all hospitality to takeaways only and we will introduce a late night restriction of operating hours which will mean all venues will be required to close from 10pm till 5am. We’ll introduce urgently further measures that put the current guidance that people cannot socialise outside the household into law.”