From 23rd October at 00:00, Manchester will be under tier 3 restrictions.
By Mia Eden & Caitlin Bardsley
Over the past few days, Manchester has been the main topic of debate over the new tier system introduced by the Government to tackle the rise in coronavirus cases.
Manchester’s tier 3 lockdown was imposed on Thursday, 22nd October at midnight.
The restrictions of Tier 3: Very high
- Prohibited from socialising with people outside your household or who you have formed a bubble with.
- Rule of 6 still applies.
- Residents of tier 3 should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK, while people who live in tier 1 or 2 area should avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area.
Whilst they easily placed other cities in tiers 1, 2 or 3, Manchester hasn’t been quite so easy and Mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham, wasn’t going without a fight.
After a recent press conference held on Tuesday, Burnham discovered that the Government had declined his desire of £65m in support of the Greater Manchester area under a tier 3 lockdown.
Burnham accused the Government of playing a “game of poker with people’s lives,” as Boris Johnson failed to agree on a support package for low-paid workers and businesses.
Many small businesses around the Greater Manchester area are struggling due to the lack of support they have been given by the Government. “You’re paying a wage for someone to make food and then not selling that food,” shares employer at the independent record shop Eastern Bloc in Manchester City Centre.
“If shops and offices are closed, then that was the bread and butter of my company. It they’re closed, there’s not job.”
The Prime Minister has stated that the £60 million in support of Greater Manchester’s tier 3 lockdown will be offered to the regions council.