Millions of people are coming to terms with new restrictions which were suddenly reimposed last night across large swathes of northern England in a bid to control spikes in infections.
Three regions are affected by the new measures: Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and parts of West Yorkshire. This includes cities and big towns like Manchester, Bradford and Blackburn.
The restrictions on meeting people from different households will also apply in Leicester. The Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government had had to act fast – but local politicians have accused ministers of causing “confusion and distress” over the way the new rules were announced..