From Tuesday, households have been banned from meeting in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.
The new restrictions will affect households meeting up following a recent spike.
The government has announced new restrictions on households meeting up in the UK’s second-biggest city following a spike in cases, hours after bringing in similar measures for the whole of Merseyside
Birmingham now has the second-highest coronavirus infection rates of any local authority in the country, with fears the number of cases will skyrocket exponentially if not brought under control.
A new lockdown is being introduced in Birmingham to combat a second wave of coronavirus, the government has announced.
These three areas have been escalated to areas of national intervention as cases rise across the city.
West Midlands mayor Andy Street said: “The areas will now be escalated to an area of national intervention, with a ban on people socialising with people outside their own household.”
BirminghamLive reports the rate in neighbouring Solihull and Sandwell has also soared.
The most recent data for the seven days to September 7 showed Birmingham had a new cases rate of 85.4 per 100,000 people.
He added that the restrictions were not about “prevention of schools, workplaces, transport” but about mixing of households.
He said residents were being advised to avoid household mixing before Tuesday’s rules come into effect as it had been identified “as one of the drivers of transmission”.
After last night’s pictures of revellers in Birmingham enjoying one last party, the mayor also appeared to call for caution over the weekend in the last days before the restrictions come into place.
Yesterday, Boris Johnson’s government announced fresh restrictions on people meeting up, with groups of more than six banned from socialising from Monday, except in specific circumstances.
It comes as similar lockdown measures were announced across Merseyside today.
The UK’s R rate is now above the crucial 1 number, meaning the epidemic is growing again.