Greater Manchester to move into tier 3 on Friday 23 October

Millie Milliken

Millie Milliken

20 October 2020

After 10 days of unsuccessful talks between Mayor Andy Burnham and the PM, Manchester will now be 'forced' into tier 3

The deadline of 12pm today (20 October) on a decision over the city's tier status was missed as Burnham and Johnson debated local leaders' demand of a £75m support package compared to the government's offer of £60m. At 2pm the government walked away from discussions and are now offering £22m.

Speaking before the official announcement, Burnham commented: 'They should not be doing this, grinding people down... £22m is frankly disgraceful.' He is also said to have been prepared to lower his request to £65m.

Talking in tonight's press conference, PM Boris Johnson announced the news that Manchester would be moving into tier three, and will also be following Lancashire with closing casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming spaces and soft play areas must also close. 

Speaking of the the financial support negotiations, Johnson said: 'Unfortunately, a decision wasn't reached and I do regret this. In addition to the support outlined before [the Job Support Scheme], we made a generous offer to support Manchester's businesses, but the Mayor didn't accept this, and given the public health situation I must now proceed.'

The tier 3 allocation means that hospitality businesses that are wet-led must close, while those that serve food have to maintain the rule of six and 10pm curfew regulations and only serve alcohol with a 'substantial meal'.

Manchester joins Liverpool and Lancashire, while Wales is to move into a 17-day firebreak lockdown from Friday 23 October.

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