Manchester Tier 3 announcement: Will Manchester go into lockdown? Stark warning issued
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The Government has implemented a three tier system across England, with areas placed into one of three classifications depending on the severity of its coronavirus cases. Senior Government figures, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson want Greater Manchester to enter into Tier 3 – the strictest measures – but leaders from the area are kicking back.
Mr Johnson issued a stark warning in a press conference on Friday, warning he would not be afraid to impose the Tier 3 measures if an agreement could not be reached.
On Monday, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said talks with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and local leaders were continuing.
The spokesman said: ”If at all possible we do want to engage constructively with Greater Manchester and agree on a way forward.
However, if agreement cannot be reached the Government will need to intervene “in order to protect hospitals and save the lives of residents”.
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Will Manchester go into lockdown?
The Government want the Greater Manchester area to follow Liverpool and the Lancashire areas and enter Tier 3 restrictions.
The Government is said to be offering Greater Manchester millions of extra funding so they accept the Tier 3 coronavirus lockdown.
Manchester Evening News reports one minister has said he expects an agreement ‘today or tomorrow’.
Addressing the Commons after an afternoon of talks between the Government and Greater Manchester, Health Secretary Matt Hancock issued a stark warning.
Speaking to MPs Mr Hancock said the over 60s are more likely to end up in hospital.
He told the Commons: “Cases continue to rise among the over-60s, who are the most likely to end up in hospital or worse.
“I’m very worried that the cases per 100,000 among the over-60s is 401 in the Liverpool City Region, 241 in Lancashire and in Greater Manchester has risen over the past week from 171 to 283.”
Mr Hancock said the Government is “working hard” to secure a Tier 3 deal with Greater Manchester.
He said COVID-19 is “on the offensive” as winter draws in, telling the Commons: “Weekly deaths in Europe have increased by 33 percent and here in the UK deaths have tragically doubled in the last 12 days. The situation remains perilous.”
What are Tier 3 rules?
Tier 3 lockdown means residents are banned from socialising with anyone not in their household, or not in their support bubble.
These restrictions would apply in any indoor venues, private gardens and at most outdoor hospitality venues.
Pubs and bars cannot stay open, unless they can serve food and operate as restaurants.
In this case, alcohol can only be served as part of a meal.
Travelling outside a Tier 3 area should be avoided, however residents can do so if it is for work, education or for caring for someone.
Tier 3 residents should not stay overnight in another area of the UK, and Tier 1 and Tier 2 residents should not stay overnight in a Tier 3 area.
Tradespeople can enter homes and carry out work, and those in support bubbles can still see one another.
Areas in Tier 3 currently are
- Blackburn with Darwen
- Ribble Valley
- South Ribble
- West Lancashire
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