Is Greater Manchester going into Tier 3 lockdown?

20 October 2020, 16:38 | Updated: 20 October 2020, 17:27

Manchester could be heading into Tier 3 lockdown
Manchester could be heading into Tier 3 lockdown. Picture: PA Images

When is Greater Manchester going into Tier 3 lockdown and what has Andy Burnham said?

Last week Boris Johnson revealed that England will be separated into three ‘Tiers’ of coronavirus lockdown based on infection rate.

Currently, Liverpool and Lancashire are the only area which is in the highest Tier 3 with pubs and restaurants temporarily closed.

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However, the PM has been trying to come to an agreement with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham over whether to place the northern city under stricter restrictions as well.

So, is Greater Manchester in Tier 3 lockdown? Here’s what we know…

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Is Greater Manchester in Tier 3 lockdown?

Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that Manchester will now be forced into a Tier 3 lockdown, after talks between Boris Johnson and Andy Burnham collapsed.

From 00.01am on Friday residents of Greater Manchester will not be able to meet up with people outside their households in indoor and outdoor hospitality settings, and pubs (that cannot operate under restaurant conditions) will be asked to close.

The public are also strongly advised not to travel into and out of the area.

According to The Sun, Manchester Council leaders demanded £75m in extra cash help before they close their hospitality sector.

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Andy Burnham tried to strike a deal with Boris Johnson
Andy Burnham tried to strike a deal with Boris Johnson. Picture: PA Images

It's understood Downing Street was willing to offer Manchester £60 million, but Mr Burnham refused anything below £65 million.

It means Manchester has been given a minimum of 28 days of tough restrictions, while the Government will review measures every four weeks and they could be extended for longer.

It comes after 10 days of talks between the government and local leaders over moving Greater Manchester from tier two to the highest restrictions.

Mr Burnham previously told Sky News that he would accept that decision, saying: "We wouldn't break the law… We would obviously have to accept that decision, in the end it's the government's prerogative."