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World Greater Manchester to move into Tier 3, PM confirms

03:37  21 october  2020
03:37  21 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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media captionBoris Johnson says Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 . Under tier three rules - currently only applied to Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region - pubs and bars not serving Greater Manchester is currently under tier two rules, meaning pubs and restaurants must close at 22

Boris Johnson confirms Greater Manchester moving to tier 3 after failed talks – video. Greater Manchester will be moved into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Thursday, Boris Johnson has confirmed as he refused to say whether a £60m offer of support for the region

Greater Manchester will enter Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions from Friday, Boris Johnson has confirmed.

The prime minister announced the move to tougher COVID-19 measures - the top alert level, called "very high" - after talks with local leaders ended without a deal.

The imposition of extra restrictions comes amid a bitter row with politicians in the area over extra support to accompany the move into Tier 3.

a sign on the side of a road: Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 on Friday © Getty Greater Manchester will move into Tier 3 on Friday

A further 21,331 coronavirus cases were recorded on Tuesday, with another 241 deaths within 28 days of a positive test.

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Live updates as Greater Manchester is first area to have highest Covid-19 restrictions imposed. Prime Minister says Tier 3 restrictions will be imposed in the area from 00:01 on Friday. Greater Manchester mayor says government "walked away" from negotiations after refusing last-ditch £65m request.

Moving Greater Manchester into Tier 3 would take around three million people into the highest band of COVID-19 restrictions, as the UK battles a second spike of coronavirus cases and deaths. The PM told senior cabinet members on Tuesday that he has "sought to work constructively with leaders

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham accused the government of "walking away" from the discussions during an impassioned news conference earlier.

He said local leaders were not offered enough support to protect people through the "punishing" winter ahead.

graphical user interface, application: Heat maps showing case numbers per 100,000 in different parts of Greater Manchester © Other Heat maps showing case numbers per 100,000 in different parts of Greater Manchester

Addressing a Downing Street briefing, Mr Johnson said a "comprehensive package of support" was in place for areas put into Tier 3 restrictions, including the government's Job Support Scheme and access to Universal Credit.

The PM said Greater Manchester would get £22m to implement and enforce the new measures.

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Talks continue over new curbs for parts of England

  Talks continue over new curbs for parts of England Greater Manchester and Lancashire are among the areas at risk of being placed under "very high alert".Currently, Liverpool is the only area in the top tier of restrictions, with pubs and bars not serving meals closed.

Boris Johnson has announced Greater Manchester will be moving to tier 3 measure after failed talks with mayor Andy Burnham.

Greater Manchester will move to England's highest tier of coronavirus restrictions on Friday at 00:01 BST. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says this means pubs and bars will close unless they are serving substantial meals and he strongly advises people against travel into and out of the area.

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Mr Johnson added that in addition to this support, a "generous and extensive offer to support Manchester's businesses" was put on the table, the £60m in support.

"This offer was proportionate to the support we have given Merseyside and Lancashire [the other areas in Tier 3], but the mayor didn't accept this unfortunately," the PM said.

Downing Street later confirmed that the offer of £60m is still on the table, something that was echoed by Health Secretary Matt Hancock in the Commons.

"Our door is open to further discussions with local leaders in the coming days about business support," he told MPs.

The Liverpool City Region received £44m as it moved into Tier 3 (£14m for enforcement and £30m for businesses), while Lancashire got £42m (£12m for enforcement and £30m for businesses).

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Greater Manchester is among the areas that could be moved to the "very high" coronavirus alert level. Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has been resisting following the Liverpool City Region into Tier 3 restrictions, which he has described as unfair and a threat to jobs and businesses.

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Justifying imposing the restrictions, Mr Johnson said that failing to act "would put Manchester's NHS, and the lives of many of Manchester's residents, at risk".

The PM added: "Despite the failure to reach an agreement, I hope the mayor and council leaders in Greater Manchester will now work with us to implement these measures."

And he said that talks with local leaders in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East about moving their areas into Tier 3 were continuing.

People wearing protective masks wait to cross the road, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Manchester, Britain October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble © Thomson Reuters People wearing protective masks wait to cross the road, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Manchester, Britain October 19, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Moving into Tier 3 means pubs and bars in Greater Manchester will be closed, unless they serve substantial meals, while betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas will also shut.

Different households will also be banned from mixing indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens.

Mr Burnham said politicians in Greater Manchester had originally wanted £90m - £15m a month until the end of the financial year - to protect the incomes of people affected by business closures.

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  Pressure builds on Greater Manchester after Merseyside gets extra COVID funds Merseyside has scooped an extra £30m in Tier 3 COVID-19 cash from the government, piling pressure on Greater Manchester's Andy Burnham to do a deal.Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram - praised by Boris Johnson during the past week - announced that the new money is to support businesses hit by the lockdown.

He said civic leaders were prepared to reduce their demand for financial support to £65m, the "bare minimum to prevent a winter of real hardship", but ministers would only offer £60m.

"That is what we believe we needed to prevent poverty, to prevent hardship, to prevent homelessness," Mr Burnham said.

"Those were the figures that we had, not what we wanted - but what we needed to prevent all of those things from happening.

"But the government refused to accept this and at 2pm today they walked away from negotiations."

"At no point today were we offered enough to protect the poorest people in our communities through the punishing reality of the winter to come," Mr Burnham added.

The mayor said he remained willing to strike a deal with Downing Street, "but it cannot be on the terms that the government offered today".

During his news conference, Mr Burnham was shown reports that the region would be getting £22m in support.

Reacting to that, he said: "It's brutal, to be honest. This is no way to run a country in a national crisis. It's not right, they should not be doing this."

A pedestrian walks past police officers wearing face masks or coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Manchester, northwest England on October 20, 2020, ahead of a midday deadline to agree to voluntarily move into the British Government's 'Tier 3' coronavirus restrictions, or face Government action. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's regional tiered approach is being tested by Andy Burnham, the mayor of the north west England city of Manchester, who is opposing a lockdown on his city without increased central government funding to deal with the economic fallout. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images) A pedestrian walks past police officers wearing face masks or coverings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Manchester, northwest England on October 20, 2020, ahead of a midday deadline to agree to voluntarily move into the British Government's 'Tier 3' coronavirus restrictions, or face Government action. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's regional tiered approach is being tested by Andy Burnham, the mayor of the north west England city of Manchester, who is opposing a lockdown on his city without increased central government funding to deal with the economic fallout. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Labour's shadow work and pensions secretary Jonathan Reynolds later told Sky News that it was the party's understanding that the government wants individual councils in the region to ask for support, something "they'll get nowhere on".

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Mr Burnham is calling for MPs in parliament to agree a framework for other areas which will face the prospect of moving into Tier 3 in the future, in order to avoid the recriminations and wrangling seen in Greater Manchester.

Labour has said it will table an opposition day debate motion in the Commons on Wednesday, calling for a "fair one nation deal" for areas facing being moved into Tier 3.

People walk by a sign in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The British government appeared poised Tuesday to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on financial support for people whose livelihoods will be hit by the new measures( AP Photo/Jon Super) © ASSOCIATED PRESS People walk by a sign in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. The British government appeared poised Tuesday to impose strict coronavirus restrictions on England's second-largest city after talks with officials in Greater Manchester failed to reach an agreement on financial support for people whose livelihoods will be hit by the new measures( AP Photo/Jon Super)

The party wants MPs to back its motion, which will call on the government to guarantee that people receive at least 80% of their salary if their employer is forced to shut.

Conservative MP Chris Green, who represents Bolton West, said he was "disappointed" that the area will be under tougher measures and "I don't believe the science supports this action".

He added: "I think the health and economic impact will be damaging to our community but we have to do all we can to respect these rules since they have been imposed."

Stay alert to stop coronavirus spreading - here is the latest government guidance. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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