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A targeted approach to reducing the spread of Coronavirus in Blackburn with Darwen is set to be announced today.

We are still waiting for official confirmation of the detail and timings for the new restrictions, and will provide accurate update and information as soon as possible.

It is expected this will see eight of the borough’s 17 wards falling under new strict restrictions, including a ban on residents socialising with anyone they don’t live with.

Other areas in the borough will have local restrictions lifted with residents and businesses being asked to follow national guidance.

The Council had campaigned for the local approach with speculation that a full economic lockdown would be imposed. That would have seen the closure of businesses.

The eight wards are those with the highest rates of infection which are:

  • Audley and Queens Park
  • Blackburn Central
  • Roe Lee
  • Billinge and Beardwood
  • Bastwell and Daisyfield
  • Shear Brow and Corporation Park
  • Little Harwood and Whitebirk
  • Wensley Fold

Councillor Mohammed Khan OBE, Leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said:

We know that our residents have been making huge sacrifices and that businesses are struggling – we desperately needed to prevent the threat of a full, borough-wide lockdown as this would have been devastating.

We will continue with our important work fighting this infection at a really local level – focusing our resources and efforts on our residents who need it most.