What areas are in larger Manchester as native lockdown starts?

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Matt Hancock announced Greater Manchester will join other areas in the North including Leicester in a local lockdown (Picture: Getty/PA)

Areas of the North West are going back under a local lockdown following a surge in coronavirus cases as UK recorded 846 new cases.

Given just a few hours’ notice before Heath Secretary Matt Hancock announced the new restrictions, it’s thought that nearly 4.5 million people will be banned from meeting indoors.

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What areas are in Greater Manchester as local lockdown begins?

About Manchester
Manchester () is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England. It is historically and traditionally a part of the county of Lancashire. It has a population of 547,627 as of 2018 (making it the fifth-most populous English district). It lies within the United Kingdom’s second-most populous urban area, with a population of 2.5 million and third-most populous metropolitan area, with a population of 3.3 million. It is fringed by the Cheshire Plain to the south, the Pennines to the north and east, and an arc of towns with which it forms a continuous conurbation. The local authority for the city is Manchester City Council.
The recorded history of Manchester began with the civilian settlement associated with the Roman fort of Mamucium or Mancunium, which was established in about AD 79 on a sandstone bluff near the confluence of the rivers Medlock and Irwell. Although historically a part of Lancashire, areas of Cheshire south of the River Mersey were incorporated into Manchester in the 20th century. The first to be included, Wythenshawe, was added to the city in 1931. Throughout the Middle Ages Manchester remained a manorial township, but began to expand “at an astonishing rate” around the turn of the 19th century. Manchester’s unplanned urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacture during the Industrial Revolution, and resulted in it becoming the world’s first industrialised city. Manchester achieved city status in 1853. The Manchester Ship Canal opened in 1894, creating the Port of Manchester and directly linking the city to the Irish Sea, 36 miles (58 km) to the west. Its fortune declined after the Second World War, owing to deindustrialisation, but the IRA bombing in 1996 led to extensive investment and regeneration. Following successful redevelopment after the IRA bombing, Manchester was the host city for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.
Manchester is the third most visited city in the UK, after London and Edinburgh. In 2019, it surpassed Edinburgh to become the second most visited city in the UK after London. It is notable for its architecture, culture, musical exports, media links, scientific and engineering output, social impact, sports clubs and transport connections.
Manchester is a city of notable firsts. Manchester Liverpool Road railway station was the world’s first inter-city passenger railway station and the oldest remaining railway station. The city has also excelled in scientific and engineering advancement, as it was at The University of Manchester, in 1917, that scientist Ernest Rutherford first split the atom. The university’s further achievements include Frederic C. Williams, Tom Kilburn and Geoff Tootill who developed and built the world’s first stored-program computer in 1948; and, in 2004, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov successfully isolated and characterised the first graphene. While in 1904 Rolls-Royce motor car company was founded in Manchester by Henry Royce and Charles Rolls.

The rules for these areas in local lockdown – which includes Leicester and Blackburn with Darwen alongside Greater Manchester – will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

Leicester and Blackburn with Darwen have been in their own localised lockdown for a few weeks already, so which areas count as Greater Manchester as they begin their local lockdown today?  

What areas are in Greater Manchester as local lockdown begins?

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What areas are in Greater Manchester?

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Greater Manchester is a county in the North West which covers one of the largest metropolitan areas in England.

The area officially covers 10 metropolitan boroughs and several large cities.

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The boroughs in Greater Manchester are:

  • Bury
  • Bolton
  • Manchester – which includes the city of Manchester
  • Oldham
  • Rochdale
  • Salford
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Trafford
  • Wigan

Any town or city included in these boroughs counts as Greater Manchester, despite there being some local confusion with several places sharing a close border with other counties, like Cheshire.

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Is Cheshire in Greater Manchester?

No. Cheshire is a separate county very nearby. Greater Manchester borders Cheshire to the south-west and south, and often some towns and parishes can get confused between the two.

Towns including Hale, Altrincham and Bowdon are often confused as being part of Cheshire, when they are in fact included in Trafford, Greater Manchester.

Greater Manchester lockdown rules

The new lockdown rules for those in Greater Manchester include limiting social contact indoors to those you live with or your support bubble – if you’re both single adult homes.

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You can still go to bars, restaurants and cafes with people from your own household, and you are permitted to travel to work.

Groups of up to six people who don’t live together can still meet in outdoor spaces as long as they adhere to social distancing rules.

The Government recently published extensive guidance on the new rules, which are subject to change so it is advisable to check regularly.

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