British PM Johnson imposes tighter Covid-19 restrictions on Manchester

British PM Johnson imposes tighter Covid-19 restrictions on Manchester

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

Gyms and leisure centres will remain open.

It will mean that pubs and bars will close, unless serving substantial meals, while the government strongly advises against travel into or out of the area.

Johnson, who has been struggling to impose his plan for localised restrictions on restive regions, said he "bitterly" regrets ordering measures that would damage businesses, but stressed that not acting would put lives and the health care system in Manchester at risk.

The new restrictions for Greater Manchester will come into force at 00.01 on Friday 23 October.

"This evening, informed by the data we have just seen, I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to the Very High alert level", Johnson told a news conference on Tuesday (Oct 20).

Manchester will be put into the highest covid alert level, despite the government not reaching agreement with local Mayors and councils. Under the Job Support Scheme, employers will have to cover National Insurance and pension contributions. "It pushes businesses closer to the brink".

For the self-employed the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) has been extended to cover November 2020 to April 2021 and will include two grants covering three-month periods. HMRC has not published how much the second extended grant will be worth yet.

There was anger among some of those involved in the negotiations at what they said was the use of "selective statistics" by the Government to raise concern about the public health situation in the region.

Burnham said the cash offered was not enough to "protect the poorest people in our communities" and argued that without more money, the tighter measures "would be certain to increase levels of poverty, homelessness and hardship".

Only Lancashire and the Liverpool City region have been placed under the Tier 3 restrictions so far.

"It's trying to penny pinch on Tier 3 and that's the problem". But this city-region has never walked on by, and it never will.

The Confederation of British Industry said that additional support must be made to regional authorities to ensure that any compulsory business closures are "joined in lockstep by financial measures which protect livelihoods during what is certain to be a hard winter".

Mr Burnham said political leaders in the region had estimated that £65 million was the "bare minimum" needed to get to the end of the financial year, however the government "refused to accept this".

"Those were the figures that we had: not what we wanted, what we needed".

Downing Street officials said civic leaders would have to "work with us" to secure the £60m business support, which they said would bring the total package in line on a per capita basis with the £44m offered to Merseyside and £42m for Lancashire, both of which have around 1.5 million inhabitants.

He was accused of an attempt to "divide and rule" after he blamed Mr Burnham for walking away from talks and said the government was ready to consider a "borough by borough" approach if a deal could not be reached for the area as a whole. It can't be right to do that.

"We need national unity, and that is why I now look to Parliament to intervene and make a judgement on a fair financial framework for Tier 3 lockdowns, because make no mistake: this was not just about Greater Manchester".

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