If a change were to be made, it would place both domains in government level 3 new locking system.
Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid said: “This may not mean that Level 3 restrictions are imminent, but a source from Number 10 tells me she is ‘concerned’ about Greater Manchester and Lancashire, so summit talks must take place.
“Their decision to place these regions in the Tier 2 category on Monday was a surprise given the high cases and hospital admissions,” he continued.
“It feels like if the spread of the virus is not suppressed soon in these two areas, they will enter level 3 and that could be a blow to the hospitality industry.
“That would mean that almost 3,100 pubs would close with 475 gyms. It would devastate tens of thousands of livelihoods. “
Disappointing that the government is pressuring GM in this way without negotiating.
It might confuse people who come so soon after the level 2 announcement.
Our point of view remains unchanged: Unfunded restrictions are unfair and will cause real damage to lives, jobs and businesses. https://t.co/g4ahFZArul
– Andy Burnham (@AndyBurnhamGM) October 13, 2020
Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said the government was “pushing” the region “without negotiating”.
He added in a tweet on Tuesday: “This may confuse people who come so soon after the Level 2 announcement.
“Our point of view remains unchanged: Unfunded restrictions are unfair and will cause real damage to lives, jobs and businesses. ”
It comes as Merseyside leaders have hit back at suggestions that they have ‘bowed’ to the government as they prepare to introduce tough restrictions.
On Tuesday, leaders of the six Liverpool City area authorities and Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said they were continuing to negotiate with the government for better funding to support businesses such as bars, pubs, gyms and punters – who will be forced to close from Wednesday under the new Tier 3 measures.
The day before, Boris Johnson told a Downing Street press conference that the government had ‘agreed’ with Mr Rotheram to introduce some of the measures, but said: ‘What has been described as a negotiation between us and them (the government) was anything but ”.
“Since the Prime Minister’s statement in the House yesterday, people have accused me of selling our region downstream or letting people down,” he continued.
“If anyone is unhappy with the closure of pubs and gyms, blame the mess the government has made in dealing with the crisis. ”
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said: ‘This belief that we bowed down to the government it was forced on us and we were weak and allowed the government to do what it wanted for us – the fact is that we knew, and it was leaked in The Times, that we were placed at level 3.
“The government has decided which measures are at level 3, not me, nor any of the leaders. ”
Meanwhile, more than 75,000 people have signed a petition to prevent the closure of gyms in Liverpool. However, Anderson distanced himself from the decision, responding to a Tweet, saying it was “a government decision, not ours.”
Me Saturday to officials # 10 “Gyms are safer than supermarkets, more COVID-19 transmissions come from our schools and stores than gyms.”
The government’s decision is not ours! https://t.co/MdHbbeCx74
– Joe Anderson (@mayor_anderson) October 13, 2020
City health officials say they expect to see the number of COVID-19[feminine[feminine patients hospitalized there exceed the levels of the first peak, within seven to ten days.
Councilor Paul Brant, a cabinet member for adult health and social care at Liverpool City Council, said there were around 277 people with the virus in hospital – up from around 400 in the first wave of the pandemic.
About half of the intensive care beds at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are currently occupied by people being treated for the virus.
He said: “What will happen is that they will stop elective surgery, stop diagnostic procedures and stop screening services in order to free up beds that would otherwise be used for this activity, to ensure that any kind of surge capacity in relation to COVID is accommodated. ”
As there is no temporary Nightingale hospital in the area, Mr Brant said the wards at the half-built new Royal Liverpool Hospital were used as overload capacity for patients in the first wave.
On Monday, Steve Warburton, managing director of the Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, told staff in a memo that he had reached a “critical point” and that the trust was cutting back on planned procedures.
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He said he was “taking a phased approach to scale down our elective program, while exploring options with other vendors to keep some of this work in other locations.”
“We will continue to prioritize surgery based on clinical need, with a view to keeping surgery urgent and cancer when possible,” he added.
“We will continue to maintain access to outpatient appointments to the extent possible and maintain diagnostic activity. “