October 24, 2020

Greater Manchester and Lancashire ‘could move into Tier 3 lockdown tomorrow’ shutting pubs and banning household mixing

Greater Manchester and Lancashire ‘could move into Tier 3 lockdown tomorrow’ shutting pubs and banning household mixing

GREATER Manchester and Lancashire could move into a Tier 3 lockdown tomorrow, it has been reported.

The move would place the two areas on “very high alert,” with pubs forced to shut if they cannot operate as restaurants and households banned from mixing.

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A sign in Manchester warns people to 'act now' in order to avoid a local lockdown

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A sign in Manchester warns people to ‘act now’ in order to avoid a local lockdownCredit: Mercury Press

A “gold command” meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss whether Greater Manchester and Lancashire should be reclassified for tighter restrictions, Sky News reports.

Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid said: “It may not mean Tier 3 restrictions are imminent, but a Number 10 source tells me they are ‘concerned’ about Greater Manchester and Lancashire so discussions at the top need to take place.”

Boris Johnson unveiled his three tier lockdown plan on Monday, placing areas in Britain in either “very high,” “high,” or “medium” Covid alert levels.

Latest figures from the Department of Health (released the week ending October 2) show there are 200 Covid cases per 100,000 in Manchester and 122 cases per 100,000 in Lancashire.

Both areas were placed under the Tier 2 lockdown bracket on Monday, meaning their Covid alert level is high.

Under the Tier 2 rules, the regions are banned from mixing with other households indoors, while the “rule of six” still applies outside.

Mr Rashid said: “Their decision to place these regions in the Tier 2 category on Monday was a surprise given the high cases and also hospital admissions.

“It feels like if the spread of the virus isn’t suppressed in these two areas soon, they will enter Tier 3 and that could be a huge blow to the hospitality sector.

“It would mean that almost 3,100 pubs would shut along with 475 gyms. This would devastate tens of thousands of livelihoods.”

Boris Johnson rejected the idea of a full national lockdown on Monday, but of the growing infection rates across the country, said “we must act now.”

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Liverpool was placed under the highest level, while Nottinghamshire, East and West Cheshire were put under the second tier.

London is currently at the medium level but could be moved to the “high” tier “as soon as this week”.

Sadiq Khan has piled pressure on the Prime Minister to put London on a Tier 2 lockdown order, banning households from mixing indoors if cases jump over 100 per 100,000.

The London mayor said it is inevitable that the capital will hit the “trigger point” and be given tougher rules in “the next few days”.

When asked if he expected new restrictions to be brought in, Mr Khan told Sky News: “In London, we’re left with no good options.”

A man wears a mask in Manchester, where tighter restrictions could be enforced

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A man wears a mask in Manchester, where tighter restrictions could be enforcedCredit: AFP or licensors
London Mayor Sadiq Khan says ‘it’s inevitable’ capital will need to be moved to a higher Tier as they’ve been left with ‘no good options’