The government have announced that coronavirus restrictions will remain in place in the North West, West Yorkshire, Leicester and East Lancashire.
The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) said that people will not be allowed to meet others in their homes, unless they are part of a support bubble.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that casino’s bowling alleys and other venues are allowed to reopen from Saturday, but this will not apply to Greater Manchester, Leicester, West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.
The government has placed Newark and Sherwood in Nottinghamshire are on a watch list and have been designated “areas of concern.”
Health minister Edward Argar said: “I’d like to thank everyone in Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, East Lancashire and Leicester for their continued patience in following these vital rules put in place to tackle the spread of the disease, I know it hasn’t been easy.”
He added, “It is essential we all remain vigilant and I urge everyone in these areas to continue to follow the rules, wash your hands regularly, follow social distancing, get yourself a free test as soon as you get any symptoms, and isolate if NHS Test and Trace tells you to.”