A surprise to many as pubs and restaurants will remain open. Although the 10pm curfew will still remain in place for the foreseeable future.
An Oldham MP has confirmed that Greater Manchester will remain in the Tier 2 placement of the new three Tier system that has been introduced by the government. Tier 2 discourages anyone from meeting indoors from separate households but allowing people to meet outdoors at a safe distance including bars and restaurants.
Manchester Central MP, Lucy Powell has stated that local test and trace data has suggested that only 9% of covid cases have come from the hospitality sector.
“The vast majority of infections here happen in households, which includes student halls of residence”
Powell said last week: “Government and scientists still haven’t produced this evidence. The big problem for them is local leaders have all the same data (in fact better data for their areas) and they know hospitality settings make up a very small proportion of infection transmission.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to announce a £28m funding package to support those who are in Tier 3 areas. This will be broken down into £14m for the clinically vulnerable and further £14m towards local track and trace systems.