Lancashire moves into tier 3 closing pubs and bars

Lawrence Kim
October 17, 2020

But Greater Manchester Police now answers to the city's Labour mayor who has adamantly refused to enter into the harshest restrictions.

Police and crime commissioners, a role now filled in Manchester by Mr Burnham, have the power to help set strategic priorities for their local constabularies.

As talks with Mr Burnham and Manchester's council leaders continued, Mr Johnson made it clear he was desperate to win their backing.

"It is vital that we keep communities which have low levels of infection as safe as possible and this sensible and necessary restriction will help prevent the virus moving from more urban, highly populated areas to more sparsely populated areas".

A furious political row between local politicians and Westminster has so far prevented Greater Manchester being moved into the "very high" risk category.

Ms Patel also spoke to chief constables in Lancashire, Wales and Merseyside "to make sure they have all the support they need from national politicians but also, more importantly, from local politicians", said a Home Office source. "They have operational independence, and it is the police's job to enforce the law".

He said: 'This is about saving lives. Instead, we're seeing a two-tiered system of tiers emerge.

'Everybody in Greater Manchester and all the areas that are still finding it hard should think about it'. But our efforts would be so much more effective if we work together'.

Pubs and bars will close from 00:01am on Saturday and residents will only be allowed to socialise with people they live with or those in their social bubble in any indoor setting or private garden.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said on Twitter: "Liverpool City Region has demanded immediate clarification on why Lancashire gyms are allowed to stay open and Liverpool's close".

Across the United Kingdom, there have been another 15,650 cases in the last 24 hours, while a further 136 deaths have been reported which takes the total to 43,429.

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