- Casinos, bowling alleys, skating rinks and remaining close contact services must remain closed. Indoor performances will not resume.
- Pilots of larger crowds in sports venues and conference centres will not take place.
- Wedding receptions of up to 30 people will not be permitted, but ceremonies can continue to take place, in line with COVID-Secure guidelines.
I know this will be a huge blow for theatres and other indoor entertainment businesses, and for the beauty industry. I sympathise with constituents who had made new wedding plans, which have now been postponed again. And I know the enormous pressures on many local businesses which are reliant on close contact and which are still not able to reopen.
A clear message is crucial at this time. We should not have had a late-night last-minute announcement of additional restrictions in North West England. I sympathise with those who had planned for Eid celebrations with family, cancelled late the evening before. It was concerning that these additional restrictions were beset by poor communication with authorities and residents. There must be a properly planned out process, and, if necessary contingency plans in place for every area working with central government.
This remains a very difficult time for many, and I understand that this may be a particularly worrying time for those affected by the increase in local cases. I do hope all of my constituents stay safe, and I will keep working with local authorities to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep people safe and supported throughout this crisis.