Discussions between Westminster and local leaders over the finance package are still ongoing, but the decision is expected to be announced within hours.
The Liverpool city region is already in the top category of the government’s new three-tier system for localized restrictions.
Under level 3, people are prohibited from socializing with other households both indoors and in private gardens, while bars and pubs are closed unless they can function as restaurants only.
Other areas have been moved to Level 2 including London, Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow-in-Furness, North East Derbyshire, Erewash, Chesterfield and York.
Southend and Thurrock in Essex are not included in the new measures as they are unitary authorities.
Level 2 restrictions mean that people cannot meet other households socially indoors – whether at home or in other places such as pubs.
the “Rule of six“Still applies outdoors – as is the case across the country, and people are advised to ‘reduce the number of trips where possible”.
Meanwhile, Greater Manchester leaders have “unanimously opposed” being placed in rank 3 amid a bitter political row with Westminster.
A call between Greater Manchester leaders and Downing Street officials failed to reach agreement on the new coronavirus rules on Thursday.
And, after those inconclusive discussions, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham called the Level 3 plans “flawed and unfair”.