The government have implemented strict new social distancing measures in Oldham, Pendle and Blackburn following a surge in coronavirus cases.
Households across the three areas will not be allowed to meet with each in any setting including beer gardens, parks homes and gardens.
Transport in Oldham will only be for “absolutely essential use only,” said the leader of Oldham Council Sean Fielding.
Fielding said, “We have made a clear case to government that a local lockdown with the closure of businesses would not be the right solution to tackle the problems we are facing in Oldham.
“Our alternative was an alternative which put forward some measures that would reduce social mixing and increase the targeting of testing and enforcement of testing in areas where it is needed most.”
The Council leader added, “I know that this is a difficult time but we need to work together and pull together now more than ever to bring down our coronavirus cases and avoid any future threat of local lockdown or further national lockdown.
“I hope that I can rely on the residents of Oldham to support us and together we can come through this crisis.”
In the seven days to 17 August Oldham recorded 187 cases which is the equivalent of 78.9 cases per 100,000 population.