Residents of the 10 boroughs now face the most stringent set of restrictions spelled out in the new three-tier localized system of government, first introduced last Wednesday by the prime minister.
He sees additional limits to mixing between households, as some businesses have been forced to close.
Boris Johnson announced the change earlier this week at a press conference on Tuesday.
“Given the public health situation, I must now proceed to move Greater Manchester, as I said, at ‘very high alert level’, he said.
The imposition came after an ultimatum was given by Downing Street to leaders in the region.
After days of unsuccessful negotiations over a financial package to support the move to Level 2, they had to accept a £ 60million offer by noon or else the government would place Greater Manchester at Level 3 regardless.
Only £ 22million to help ‘implement and enforce the restrictions’ was confirmed on the announcement, causing confusion.
But in the Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday, Mr Johnson pledged that £ 60million “will be distributed to the boroughs of Greater Manchester”, which will be used to help businesses and workers.
At the same time, on Thursday, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a new grant program for businesses affected by the Level 2 foreclosure restrictions.
But that means businesses in Greater Manchester affected by local foreclosure rules since August can also apply for backdated grants – up to £ 2,100 per month.
Following a long summer of changing local restrictions and varying rules between boroughs, it has proven difficult to keep pace.
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We’ve outlined all of the Level 3 rules, which went into effect in Greater Manchester from 0.01 a.m. on Friday 23 October.
Along with this, the locals must also abide by the rules set for all of England.
These include the “rule of six” for meeting different households in outdoor spaces, as well as the 10pm curfew for the hospitality industry.
Failure to follow the rules can result in hefty fines of up to £ 10,000.
The government also advises everyone to follow “Hands”. Face. Space’.
Here’s everything you need to know to meet your family and friends, get to work, travel, and more:
It should be noted that the tips below are intended for fit and healthy people. There are separate guidelines for those who isolate and who are clinically extremely vulnerable to the coronavirus.
Meet family and friends
You cannot meet anyone outside of your home / supportive bubble in any interior setting, including homes, restaurants, pubs, and bars.
The tips in the Support Bubble remain the same, meaning that a household with one adult can join another household, allowing them to visit, stay overnight, and see places together.
Unlike in level 2 zones, you also should not meet people outside of your home / supportive bubble in a private garden “or in most public places outside”.
This suggests that you shouldn’t meet those who are not in your household in an outdoor seating area at a beer garden or beer garden.
Full advice on household mixing can be read at the link below.
Visiting pubs and restaurants
You cannot meet people outside of your household indoors or outdoors – including private gardens, open-air gardens, and restaurant terraces – unless you are in a bubble of support. .
Therefore, you can continue to visit restaurants and pubs, which may remain open due to the large meal service, with only your household / support bubble.
But you cannot visit these reception places with people who do not belong to your household / support bubble.
For example, you won’t be able to sit in a beer garden with up to five friends if they are all from different households.
Which businesses need to close?
At the Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said: “Pubs and bars must close, unless they serve large meals, households cannot mix inside or in the most outdoor environments.
“Under additional measures taken in Lancashire, casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult game centers and soft play areas are also to close. “
Can gyms stay open?
Boris Johnson did not include gyms in his roundup of businesses that will be ordered to close.
This seems to mean that, as in Lancashire which was also placed at level 3, the gyms will be able to remain open.
What about sports and exercise classes?
You can participate in outdoor sports and organized physical activities, including exercise classes, in unlimited numbers, as long as you follow the relevant instructions.
Organized sport, exercise classes and other activity groups are only allowed indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mingling with people they do not live with.
Exceptions apply to sports for the disabled, sports for educational purposes, and supervised sports and physical activity for those under 18, which can take place in unlimited numbers.
Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals
You can still go to places of worship for a service, but should not mix with other households during your stay.
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can take place for up to 15 people. But only in “Covid secure” places or in outdoor public spaces, except in exceptional circumstances.
However, receptions are prohibited.
Thirty people are allowed at funerals, while vigils are limited to 15. When food or drink is consumed, it should be in the form of a sit-down meal to ensure that people can stay away from each other. others.
There are exceptions to the legal collection limit for registered child care services.
A childcare bubble can also form when a person in a household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare services to a child aged 13 or under in another household. But it must always be between the same two households.
Do I have to work from home?
Office workers who can work effectively from home should do so.
Public sector employees working in essential services, including educational institutions, should continue to work as necessary.
Anyone else who cannot work from home should come to their place of work.
Can you travel outside of Greater Manchester during the level 3 lockdown?
The government says you can continue to go to open places or facilities, to work or to access education, in a very high alert area, but you must aim to reduce the number of trips you take. you perform.
They also advise people not to enter or exit an area if it has been classified as a very high alert level (level 3) area.
You can continue to travel in or out of very high alert areas if you need it for work, study, access to youth services or due to family responsibilities.
You can also do this if necessary as part of a longer trip – for example when a trip between low risk areas passes through a very high alert level area, or when you are going to an airport, an international port or rail terminal for traveling abroad.
Visiting care homes
Unfortunately, you cannot visit a nursing home in a very high alert zone.
However, you can do this in exceptional circumstances, for example to visit a person who is at the end of their life.
You can still go home if you are in a very high alert area.
Real estate and rental agents and moving companies can continue to work, and people who wish to move can continue to visit.
Schools and universities
The educational settings will remain open.
However, stricter rules are in place for those going to university in high alert areas.
You must not move between your home and your student accommodation during the term.
If I am vulnerable, do I need to protect myself again?
The government is not saying it.
The advice states that if you are clinically vulnerable you can go out as much as you want, but you should still try to keep your overall social interactions low.
You can visit businesses, such as supermarkets, pubs, and shops, while staying two meters from others as much as possible or one meter plus other precautions.
How long will Greater Manchester stay at level 3?
Boris Johnson said restrictions in the medium and high alert zones will be kept under “constant review” and could change at any time.
“We will also keep these measures under constant review, including a four-week sunset clause for interventions in very high areas,” he said.
The government later said in a press release: “The restrictions in Greater Manchester will be reviewed at least on November 11. “
Can we add even more measures?
Yes, the above rules are “basic measures”.
The government may seek to agree on additional measures, which could include:
- restrictions preventing the sale of alcohol in hospitality or closing all brands of hospitality (take out and delivery allowed)
- closure of indoor and outdoor entertainment and tourist attractions and places
- close venues such as recreation centers and gymnasiums (while ensuring that facilities remain available for elite athletes, sports and physical activity for youth and the disabled)
- closing public buildings, such as libraries and community centers (while ensuring that services remain available for youth clubs and childcare activities and support groups)
- shutting down personal care and close contact services or prohibiting riskier activities
- close performing arts venues for the purpose of performing in front of the public