Following a spike in COVID-19 cases, those living in Birmingham are now no longer allowed to mix households in a bid to tackle the virus.
The news affects more than 1.6 million people, with Solihull and Sandwell also placed under the new restrictions. The mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said: “The areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside of their own household.”.
The restrictions focus on the prevention of mixing households but are not focused on the prevention of schools, work, or transport. The rate of coronavirus infection in Birmingham on 7 September had risen in one week from 32 to 85.4 per 100,000 people.
The decision was made in collaboration with local leaders in an attempt to limit the number of cases, with a government announcement detailing potential further measures for other affected areas of the country due shortly.