Boris Johnson forces toughest restrictions on Manchester after talks collapse – BBC News

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The Prime Minister has imposed the toughest Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on Greater Manchester — after talks with local leaders over more funding for the region collapsed.

The government offered to provide £60m pounds to help people who will suffer financial loss as a result of the new measures. However Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham, refused the offer saying it wasn’t enough and people in the region faced “real hardship”.

Boris Johnson responded by unilaterally imposing the toughest restrictions. He said “not to act now” would put the lives of Manchester’s residents “at risk”.

Under the new Tier 3 rules all pubs and bars that do not serve substantial meals must close. No household mixing is allowed indoors or in private gardens. Casinos and betting shops must shut.

Talks are continuing with the government and local leaders about how much money will be provided to support Greater Manchester’s businesses and residents.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by deputy political editor Vicki Young and Danny Savage in Bolton, an area of Greater Manchester worst-affected by the pandemic.

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