Pubs, bars and restaurants in Bolton are being restricted to takeaway only as part of new measures to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the town.

The Health Secretary told the Commons they had seen a “very significant” rise of cases in Bolton.

He added: “Bolton is now up to 120 cases per 100,000 of population – the highest case rate in the country.

“Working with the local council, we are taking further local action. The rise in cases in Bolton is partly due to socialising by people in their twenties and thirties. We know this from contact tracing.

“Through our contact racing system we’ve identified a number of pubs at which the virus has spread significantly.”

The Secretary of State said the Government was therefore taking action “starting immediately”.

He added: “We will restrict all hospitality to takeaways-only and we’ll introduce a late-night restriction of operating hours which will mean all venues will be required to close from 10pm to 5am.

“We’ll introduce urgently further measures that put the current guidance that people cannot socialise outside their household into law.”

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