There were unusual scenes here in Manchester this afternoon as Andy Burnham learned the details of the government’s Tier 3 lockdown decisions while on TV.
Sir Richard Lease, standing to Mr. Burnham’s left, showed the mayor a text he had received confirming further information about the decision made by Downing Street.
Standing outside Bridgewater Hall when he held a press conference, Mr Burnham learned the lock would take effect on Friday, and Sir Richard said the area would receive only £ 20 million.
The amount was later clarified to be 22m.
People who had gathered outside the music venue to hear Mr Burnham speak began shouting some “disgraceful” slogans.
“To be honest, it’s very brutal, isn’t it?” The mayor said in response to what he was called.
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He continued: “This is not a way to run the country into a national crisis. This is not right. They should not do that. At least people can run away trying to accept it.”
“In the situation we are in, 22 million is obviously embarrassing to fight.”
Minutes later, Boris Johnson appeared for a press conference of his own at Downing Street, represented by medical advisers.
The Prime Minister announced that Greater Manchester would be transformed into three sanctions despite no agreement on a financial package to help the region.
Mr Burnham had asked the government to hand over 75 75 million, forcing businesses to close down self-employed and other income-losing businesses.
He said local leaders were willing to accept 65 65 million but claimed the government had refused to offer more than 60 60 million.
Following the deadline for negotiations passed by the government, No. 10 has now told MPs that it will only offer m 22 million in support.
Speaking at a press conference outside The Bridgewater Hall, Burnham asked: “Is this a game of poker with people’s lives?
“Is the government trying to put pressure on the people to take as little as they can as far as possible?”
This means that Greater Manchester now moves from Tier 2 – ‘High’ warning level – Tier 3 – ‘Very High’ warning level.
Under strict restrictions, pubs and bars should not be given ‘important’ food.
Indulgence is prohibited in separate homes, both indoors and outdoors, in hospitable spaces or in private gardens.
People will still be able to meet in groups of six people from different homes in outdoor public places like parks.