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Lockdown latest 'a huge blow' to comedy industry

A comedy club boss says the government's decision not to reopen indoor performance venues is a "huge blow".

Jessica Toomey, director of the Frog and Bucket Comedy Club in Manchester, said the decision was a blow not just to her club but "the industry as a whole."

"We’ve put in a considerable amount of time and investment gearing up to reopen again but we have to respect the decision.

"The show will go on. The Frog will return bigger and better," she said.

Frog and Bucket club Manchester

'We will have to struggle on our own'

Samantha Jagger

BBC News

Zoe Patrick, from Manchester, says the new lockdown rules for her area will be a "struggle" for families with children where both parents are working from home.

Ms Patrick, 33, says the childminder she uses to look after her two-year-old son is on holiday and the new restrictions announced by the government mean she can't ask his grandparents to look after him.

"We will have to struggle on our own," she said.

"I have some annual leave booked but don't want to use my whole year's allowance just to cover a childminder's holiday."

Zoe Patrick and her son
Zoe Patrick
Coronavirus: Matt Hancock on new lockdown in parts of northern England
Health Secretary Matt Hancock on what households can and can't do in affected areas of northern England.

How cases have risen in Greater Manchester

Daniel Wainwright

BBC England Data Unit

Many of the northern areas facing tighter lockdown restrictions than the rest of England are among those with the highest rates of new coronavirus infections.

Blackburn with Darwen, we have known for some time, has passed Leicester for new infections as one area has seen them rise and the other has seen them fall.

In Greater Manchester, the only borough to have seen cases come down substantially is Rochdale, but it remains one of the areas with the highest new infection rates out of more than 300 local authorities in England.

Oldham’s cases have surged and the local council sounded the alarm earlier this week.

Trafford went from 26 cases to 91, which works out at more than 38 for every 100,000 residents.

Bolton has not recorded a rise in the week to 26 July, but provisional data for the week to 28 July suggests it may move slightly up, although these figures are subject to revision as more test results come in.

Chart showing infection rates in Greater Manchester
Coronavirus: Matt Hancock appears to contradict new government lockdown rules
The health secretary seems to suggest an affected household can go to a household in an unaffected area.
Coronavirus: 'Lockdown saved me from life on the streets'
Rough sleeper Simon was offered a hotel room, after the government released emergency funding to get people off the streets during lockdown.