Around 4 million people were ordered not to mix with other households in Greater Manchester, the biggest city in northern England, parts of West Yorkshire and East Lancashire, though they can still go to the pub and to work. This means that while mosques can remain open, many will not able to welcome as many worshippers as before.
'So what I would say to them (ministers) is I understand the need to make announcements, I understand the need for decisive action, but when ministers go in front of the cameras, make sure you've got the detail ready to go exactly at the same time'.
Mr Burnham also said the Government was right to take action in the north of England after it became clear that the picture on Covid-19 cases had changed.
"The most important thing we can do is stop a second wave, a really damaging second wave, which will have real consequences".
And Labour leader Sir Keir tweeted at 11.14pm last night: 'No one would argue with putting in place local action to reduce the transmission of coronavirus.
"When the government ended the daily press conferences, they said they would hold them for "significant announcements", including local lockdowns".
'For all the bluster, government has failed to deliver a functioning track and trace system that would spot local flare ups like these.
The Government said it will give police forces and councils powers to enforce the new rules - adding that some exemptions will be put in place, including for the vulnerable.
"The reason for that is we've seen these increases across the board in Greater Manchester as well as the other areas that are affected".
While social gathering restrictions remain in place in Leicester City, the area will benefit from the lifting of restrictions that took place on 4 July in England, and all local restrictions now in place in the neighbouring borough of Oadby and Wigston will end.
The spread is largely due to households meeting and not abiding to social distancing.
And on Saturday 1 August, Luton will be brought in line with the rest of the country after significant progress has been made in controlling the virus.
He tweeted: "We're constantly looking at the latest data on the spread of coronavirus, and unfortunately we've seen an increasing rate of transmission in parts of Northern England".
"We take this action with a heavy heart, but we can see increasing rates of Covid across Europe and are determined to do whatever is necessary to keep people safe".
We've been working with local leaders across the region, and today I chaired a meeting of the Local Action Gold Committee. So from midnight tonight, people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in these areas.