Guidance about Bolton and seven other areas apparently put online without announcement

Ministers are being urged to provide clarity after advising against all but essential travel into and out of eight areas where the Covid variant first identified in India is believed to be spreading fastest.

According to the guidance, which appears to have been updated on 21 May and is not law, journeys to and from the affected areas – Bedford, Blackburn and Darwen, Bolton, Burnley, Kirklees, Leicester, Hounslow, and North Tyneside – should be avoided “unless essential”. Exemptions include travel for work, where working from home is not possible, and education.

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