In the morning, this leaflet arrived.
The council sent one to every address in the Rochdale borough, as numbers have spiked in the area, hoping to avert another lockdown being enforced upon us.
Overleaf were the simple bullet points:
You must wear a face covering
when in a shop or other
Do not have more than two visitors
to your home at any one time
Always keep 2 metres apart
Avoid close contact with anyone
outside your household, including
shaking hands or hugging
Get tested and isolate if you
Are told to do so
Help stop the spread
Before we had hardly had a chance to digest this, and think about our concerted effort to avoid another dreaded lockdown, Matt Hancock announced that the whole of Greater Manchester and parts of both East Lancashire and West Yorkshire were being out under special restrictions: people of different households were to be banned from meeting indoors from midnight. Oh, and in gardens too-though beer gardens are okay.
Nine out of ten boroughs in Greater Manchester have shown a rise in infections, and, though Rochdale is the only borough with a declining number, we have been lumped in with the others too.
Here is a map of Greater Manchester, with my town of Middleton surrounded by its equally condemned neighbours.
People are getting a bit fed up with it all now, and the criticism is that this news was announced on Twitter at 9.00pm, with the details revealed at midnight. The government had said that, when they ceased their daily press conferences, they would hold them for significant announcements, such as local lockdowns. It has been suggested that this short notice was with the Muslim festival of Eid in mind, which started the very next day.
There are some towns that haven’t got a single case of Covid, but have been included as being part of Lancashire.
For those not of the UK, or at least the north, I know it’s a confusing melting pot of counties and boroughs and townships. I think rather than a blanket of restrictions thrown over the whole area, a more localised town-by-town approach would be better.
But when was I ever an advisor from SAGE?
Anyway, I’m off now. I can’t call around to my mate’s house, but I can meet him in the pub for a beer.
How long now to that Holy vaccine Grail?