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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Disappointment that ‘Bolton lockdown’ not ruled out this winter

ANOTHER native lockdown for Bolton could be neither truthful nor efficient, in keeping with Metro Mayor Andy Burnham.

Mr Burnham voiced his opposition to localised measures at a press convention on Wednesday, held to debate Greater Manchester’s plans for coping with the pandemic over the approaching winter.

This comes simply two days after well being secretary Sajid Javid MP did not rule out native lockdowns, with Bolton particularly talked about for example, when quizzed within the House of Commons by his Labour counterpart Jonathan Ashworth.

Responding to questions put by The Bolton News, Mr Burnham mentioned: “Our position here is still that we are opposed to regional and local lockdowns and I’m disappointed they were not ruled out by the health secretary.”

He added: “They created real impacts on people here that I don’t think were understood in Whitehall.”

The spectre of native lockdowns had been raised once more with Greater Manchester heading into the Winter and restrictions having lifted throughout the borough.

Bolton was topic to controversial native lockdown measures to cease the unfold of Covid.

However, Mr Burnham believes that final yr’s expertise, by which Bolton discovered itself in a neighborhood lockdown state of affairs, exhibits that the borough was impacted unfairly and that the measures had little optimistic impact in any case.

He mentioned: “It’s a year since Bolton went into local lockdown and at the time the late David Greenhalgh spoke very passionately about the impact that it had on businesses locally.”

Mr Burnham added that expertise had proven that native measures might typically fail given individuals’s tendency to maneuver between boroughs, particularly because the festive season approaches.

Instead he known as on the federal government to maneuver in the direction of a extra disciplined messaging system, emphasising the significance of sporting masks on public transport, hand washing and social distancing.

The mayor additionally mentioned that he could be extra ready to countenance a nationwide ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown in October moderately than single out any explicit space.

He additionally known as on the federal government to reverse its deliberate minimize to the Universal Credit uplift, saying individuals wanted to be given the means to isolate if vital.

Returning to the topic of native lockdowns, Mr Burnham mentioned: “I do think that we need a return to more disciplined messaging that has been made more difficult by the rhetoric around freedom day.”

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