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New restrictions introduced in Bolton following spike in coronavirus cases

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Tighter restrictions have been introduced in Bolton following a spike in coronavirus cases.

People in the town have been asked to avoid mixing with other households and to only use public transport for essential purposes.

The new measures, which were announced on Saturday evening and come into effect immediately, aim to prevent the need for a local lockdown, the council said.

People should only use public transport to travel to education, work or for essential appointments, such as one at a hospital.

The advice is to also avoid mixing with other households in any setting, whether it be indoors or outdoors, unless they are part of a person’s “support bubble”.

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Bolton’s infection rate recently increased to 99 cases per 100,000 people per week, the highest in England, Bolton Council said.

Those aged between 18 and 49 account for more than 90 per cent of the cases, it added.

In a joint statement, council leader David Greenhalgh and chief executive Tony Oakman said: « It has been a tough period for individuals, families and businesses but we don’t want to throw away all our hard work by allowing the infection rate to rise even higher.

« Now, more than ever, we need everyone in Bolton to play their part.

Schools return in England during Coronavirus pandemic

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Year 7 pupils arrive for their first day at Eden Park high school.

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Pupils wash their hands on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Year 7 pupils arrive for their first day at Eden Park high school.

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A sign shows the different drop off times for pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Year 7 pupils arrive for their first day at Eden Park high school.

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils wash their hands as they arrive on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils and parents queue at drop off on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils and parents queue at drop off on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London, as schools in England reopen to pupils following the coronavirus lockdown

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Year 7 pupils arrive for their first day at Eden Park high school.

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Pupils wash their hands on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Year 7 pupils arrive for their first day at Eden Park high school.

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A sign shows the different drop off times for pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Year 7 pupils arrive for their first day at Eden Park high school.

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils wash their hands as they arrive on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils and parents queue at drop off on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London

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Pupils and parents queue at drop off on the first day back to school at Charles Dickens Primary School in London, as schools in England reopen to pupils following the coronavirus lockdown

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« Nobody wants these restrictions to remain a moment longer than necessary and we believe these new measures will keep everyone safe and help avoid a full lockdown in Bolton.

« Since the start of this pandemic, the people of Bolton have worked incredibly hard to combat this pandemic.

« Alongside a range of additional measures and interventions across Bolton we are asking everyone, particularly the younger age groups, to continue to follow the guidelines. »

In the seven days to September 1, 265 new cases were recorded in Bolton – the equivalent of 92.2 per 100,000 people.

This is the highest rate in England and it is up sharply from 18.8 in the seven days to August 25.

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People wearing PPE sit on bench’s at Earl’s Court Station

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Worlds End Nurseries in Chelsea opens for business. Customer Nika Kucifer is shown flowers by Janson Lotery

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation about coronavirus (COVID-19) from 10 Downing Street, London.

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Phil Spencer, Cheshire coach of the year 2019 photographed in action at the Bowdon Lawn Tennis Club coaching 9-year-old club member Gigi Welch on the first day the prime minister is allowing family members to enjoy unlimited outdoor activities and various sports played with social distancing on May 13, 2020 in Bowdon

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A golfer plays the first hole while wearing a face mask at West Essex Golf Course

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Two men wear face masks on the London Underground Jubilee line

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Key workers in Birmingham city centre, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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Coronavirus-themed street art by mural artist and illustrator KMG in Camden

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A member of staff take a trolley from customers for disinfection at a garden centre in Caerphilly, Wales, as minor changes to lockdown restriction begin across Wales

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A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves is seen walking past a mural,

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Pedestrians pass heavy traffic passing over Tower Bridge in London,

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Commuters wait to board a train at Canning Town underground

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A member of staff hands over a coffee from behind a plastic protective screen at a branch of Pret a Manger in central London

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Cyclists exercise in The Meadows in Edinburgh as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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A general view of Gerrard Street in an empty Soho

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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen at Westminster tube station,

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Workers carry a pane of glass on a construction site near Guildford

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Commuters wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, wait to catch a red London bus in the morning rush hour

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Traffic crosses Waterloo Bridge

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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People wearing PPE sit on bench’s at Earl’s Court Station

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Worlds End Nurseries in Chelsea opens for business. Customer Nika Kucifer is shown flowers by Janson Lotery

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation about coronavirus (COVID-19) from 10 Downing Street, London.

PA

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Coronavirus Covid-19 Colour Coded Alert System

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A sign is pictured explaining that the road has been narrowed to aid social distancing when using Camden High Street

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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Phil Spencer, Cheshire coach of the year 2019 photographed in action at the Bowdon Lawn Tennis Club coaching 9-year-old club member Gigi Welch on the first day the prime minister is allowing family members to enjoy unlimited outdoor activities and various sports played with social distancing on May 13, 2020 in Bowdon

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A golfer plays the first hole while wearing a face mask at West Essex Golf Course

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge following prime minister Boris Johnson’s advice for people to return work if possible but not use public transport.

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Two men wear face masks on the London Underground Jubilee line

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Key workers in Birmingham city centre, as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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Coronavirus-themed street art by mural artist and illustrator KMG in Camden

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Traffic is seen on the M25 motorway during the morning rush hour near Heathrow Airport i

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A member of staff take a trolley from customers for disinfection at a garden centre in Caerphilly, Wales, as minor changes to lockdown restriction begin across Wales

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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A woman wearing a protective face mask and gloves is seen walking past a mural,

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Pedestrians pass heavy traffic passing over Tower Bridge in London,

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Commuters wait to board a train at Canning Town underground

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A satellite image shows Trafalgar Square in London

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A member of staff hands over a coffee from behind a plastic protective screen at a branch of Pret a Manger in central London

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A general view of Old Compton Brasserie in an empty Soho

Daniel Hambury

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Cyclists exercise in The Meadows in Edinburgh as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus

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A general view of Gerrard Street in an empty Soho

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A man wearing a protective face mask is seen at Westminster tube station,

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Workers carry a pane of glass on a construction site near Guildford

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Commuters wearing PPE (personal protective equipment), including a face mask as a precautionary measure against COVID-19, wait to catch a red London bus in the morning rush hour

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Traffic crosses Waterloo Bridge

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Pedestrians and cyclists make their way across London Bridge

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Commuters on the Jubilee line

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Dr Helen Lowey, director of Public Health for Bolton Council, said: « This is a crucial stage in our response to the coronavirus and what we will do now will significantly impact how quickly we can reduce the rate to as low a level as possible.

« We are carrying out extra testing, including giving out home testing kits, and are carrying out extra site visits to support businesses to be Covid secure, and carrying out enforcement where necessary.

« Evidence from Oldham and Blackburn shows stopping households mixing works. »

The announcement comes as stricter lockdown measures were eased in other parts of Greater Manchester, Lancashire and West Yorkshire.

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