Burnley, Hyndburn and Trafford lockdown restrictions lifted

Burnley, Hyndburn and Trafford will have their tough lockdown measures lifted from next week.

A local health chief today confirmed that Trafford will be exempt from the rules as of next week whilst restrictions on mixing between different households in Burnley and Hyndburn will also be lifted.

The government has yet to officially confirm this but it is thought that following a meeting chaired by Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, that they will approve the easing of restrictions.

The MP for Hyndburn, Sara Britcliffe, issued a statement on Friday lunchtime confirming that the restrictions will be lifted.

I’m so pleased to see in the announcement made by the Government today that the whole of Hyndburn will be removed from local restrictions and fall in line with the national picture.

This week, I have spent most of my time analysing the local data for our area and came forward with the leader of the Council to the Local Outbreak Management Board with our recommendations.

Unfortunately at this meeting we could not reach a consensus as myself and the leader did not agree with other members of the Outbreak Board that Hyndburn as a whole should remain in the restrictions.

Following on from this, I then sent a letter reiterating again the case for Hyndburn to the Secretary of State Matt Hancock and further added that we were seeing significant progress as a whole.

I know how difficult these restrictions have been for residents and businesses across Hyndburn and I want to thank you all for the personal sacrifices you have made throughout. It is because of your efforts that we are now able to see the restrictions eased in our community.

These easements will come into effect on Wednesday 2nd September.

This also means that from 2nd September the businesses that couldn’t open due to the local restrictions can now reopen. I know this is welcome news. I have been doing all that I can to assist residents across Hyndburn and Haslingden throughout this difficult time and will continue to do that.

One thing that I must reiterate is that these easements have taken place due to our combined efforts in tackling coronavirus across our constituency, but this does not mean that the virus has gone away.

We must continue to follow the advice from the government, maintain social distancing measures and wash our hands, to protect those we love and keep them safe.


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