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WARRINGTON Borough Council has clarified its rules on whether residents can meet other households in private gardens.

With the introduction of the tiered coronavirus restrictions introduced on Monday, the town was placed into the second of three levels of social distancing measures.

While the council warned yesterday afternoon that residents ‘cannot meet people you do not live with in your home or garden’, as had previously been the case, government advice and Warrington South MP Andy Carter stated the opposite.

And WBC has now reversed its position on this after receiving clarification from the Department of Health and Social Care overnight, meaning that those in the town can meet others in gardens.

Although given the high rates in Warrington, questions have been raised about the change.

This represents an overall relaxation of the restrictions, with all other measures having remained the same.

The council tweeted this morning, Tuesday: “Thank you to everyone who raised the important question of whether people can now meet in gardens.

“We've updated our guidance online to reflect that you are now allowed to meet in private gardens, subject to the rule of six.”