Local lockdowns could be coming to an end in parts of Greater Manchester.
Stockport and Trafford are to be released from the Greater Manchester local lockdown measures. William Wragg, MP for Hazel and Grove told the Manchester Evening News that measures would move away from the extra regulations that have applied to the region, whilst Trafford’s Labour-run council has confirmed that the southwestern borough will also see lockdown measures eased.
It is not confirmed when the relaxation of measures come into place, however, they are expected to take place next week. The decision was made by the government, and local leader of Trafford has allegedly already written to parliament requesting that measures are not relaxed for another two weeks, feeling that the move is coming a little too early.
The easing measures would mean that people living in Stockport and Trafford will once again be permitted to socialise in groups of two households indoors. They will also be allowed to stay over at another persons house, resume close contact services such eyelash treatment, and will also see the reopening of venues such as bowling alleys and casinos. The pair will follow Wigan, which was released from the local lockdown this week, and Metro are reporting that nearby Burnley and Hyndburn will also see restrictions lifted.
“I welcome this development,” said William Wragg. “I think it was the right decision. I was pleased to work with the leader of the council. Even though we are different political parties, we have cooperated, and data has been shared, and this decision reflects the data which shows much reduced rates of infection in Stockport.
“I want to pay tribute to everyone working to bring that reduction about, and to the residents of Stockport for following the guidance. We can go back to a greater degree of freedom, while keeping the guidance in mind.”
We’ll keep you updated with more news on the easing measures as we have it.