Liverpool council chiefs spent the weekend negotiating with Sir Edward Lister, Mr Johnson’s chief of staff, and Robert Jenrick, the housing secretary, before agreeing to the closures in Liverpool, Wirral, Knowsley, St Helens, Sefton and Halton in exchange for additional funding for Covid marshals to help enforce the new restrictions.
Council chefs softened the blow by agreeing that restaurants, including pubs serving sit-down meals, would be exempt from closings and would stay open until 10 p.m. The new measures will have a “sunset” clause under which they will be reviewed monthly, but could last for six months.
Steve Rotheram, the mayor of the Liverpool City area, was still insisting on Sunday that the restrictions must be accompanied by increased financial support for people in low-wage jobs in hotel companies, who do not must pay only two-thirds of their salary as part of the Chancellor’s new leave. style scheme rather than 80%, as in March.
“We have made it clear that the new restrictions must be accompanied by financial support to protect jobs and businesses. An agreement is not an agreement until it is agreed, ”Mr. Rotheram said.
Mr Anderson also said further financial support was needed and wrote on Twitter: ‘We haven’t agreed anything, we’ve been told that’s what the government intends to do without’ but ‘ . ”
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Manchester, raised the prospect of legal action unless the government backs down on its ‘leave II’ package. “There is a legal route, because why should a hospitality worker be treated any differently from other workers whose businesses have closed? he said.