Further COVID-19 restrictions will be enforced from 22 September across several areas in the North West, Midlands and West Yorkshire, the Department of Health has confirmed.

All parts of Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale will now be banned from socialising with other people outside of their own households or support bubble in private homes and gardens.

Previously some areas had been exempt from restrictions introduced at the start of August but the exemptions will no longer apply.

Announcing the new restrictions, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said: “We are seeing cases of coronavirus rise fast in Lancashire, Merseyside, West Yorkshire, Warrington, Halton and Wolverhampton.

“Local leaders in these areas have asked for stronger restrictions to be put in place to protect local people, and we are acting decisively to support them.

“I know these restrictions will make every-day life harder for many, but I know that residents will work together and respect the rules so we can reduce rates of transmission.

“I urge local people to isolate and get a test if you have symptoms, follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace, and always remember ‘hands, face, space’.

“By sticking to these steps, we will get through this together.”

The measures have be added to the existing measures in Bradford, Kirklees and Calderdale.