Scots urged to avoid Blackpool and other areas of Lancashire

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Non essential travel to Blackburn and Darwen is already prohibited with Manchester or Salford being added from Monday

 

Nicola Sturgeon has banned non-essential travel to more areas of the North West and issued new travel guidance for people visiting Blackpool and other areas of Lancashire.

Scotland’s First Minister announced new measures today (June 18) due to the increasing coronavirus case numbers in the region and the spread of the Delta variant.

Last month the Scottish government banned all Blackburn with Darwen residents from visiting the country and for Scottish residents to visit the East Lancashire borough.

Non-essential travel from Scotland to Manchester and Salford will be banned from Monday (June 21) due to “high levels of Covid”.

The First Minister has also issued new guidance for Scots looking to visit Blackpool and other parts of Lancashire over the coming weeks.

Blackpool is a popular place for Scottish tourists to visit in the summer and especially to watch football matches.

The announcement came just a few hours ahead of the match between England and Scotland at Wembley tonight.

Speaking at a coronavirus briefing this afternoon, she said: “I regret however that we are also introducing restrictions on travel between Scotland and two English cities.

“Manchester and Salford currently have very high levels of Covid, and so from Monday onwards, non-essential travel is between Scotland and those cities is not permitted.

“Non-essential travel is already prohibited between Scotland and Bolton, and Blackburn with Darwen.

“Anyone travelling elsewhere in the Greater Manchester or Lancashire area should think carefully about whether your journey is really necessary, since cases are rising across the region.”

“I realise that for those with family or friends in Manchester or Salford – or for anyone who was simply planning a visit – these new measures will be disappointing.”

LancsLive reported in October 2020 how the First Minister warned Scots to stay aware from Blackpool after an outbreak of Covid cases in the country were linked back to the seaside resort.

As of this morning a total of 75,953 confirmed and probable cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant have now been identified in the UK, Public Health England said – up by 33,630, or 79%, on the previous week.

Of the 75,953, 70,856 have been in England, 4,659 in Scotland, 254 in Northern Ireland and 184 in Wales.

The most recent data shows 99% of confirmed and probable cases of coronavirus across the country are the Delta variant.