More than half of England's population facing tougher virus clampsWorld | 17 Oct 2020 11:32 pm
New coronavirus restrictions have come into force in England with more than half the population facing further limits on their social lives, Sky News reports.
Vast swathes of the north, London and parts of the south east are now subject to tougher rules.
At 6:00pm on Friday a ban on visiting Wales from areas of high infection came into force and Northern Ireland entered a stricter lockdown than the rest of the UK.
The stronger measures have placed more than 28 million people in England into the top two tiers of restrictions.
Tier 3 rules across Lancashire meaning almost no socialising outside a household bubble is allowed and pubs, bars and restaurants are closed except for takeaway services.
Areas newly affected by the new Tier 3 rules are Burnley, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Chorley, Fylde, Hyndburn, Lancaster, Pendle, Preston, Ribble Valley, Rossendale, South Ribble, West Lancashire and Wyre.
Tier 2 rules, meaning households cannot mix indoors or in pubs, cafes and restaurants, came into force across parts of northern and south east England.
Areas newly affected by Tier 2 rules are London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield and York.-Photo: Sky News