RECAP Andy Burnham Holds Coronavirus Press Conference on Level 3 Support for Businesses and Communities


Andy Burnham held a press conference this afternoon to discuss support for businesses and communities affected by Greater Manchester’s Level 3 foreclosure. The region was under tighter restrictions last week, forcing the closure of pubs and bars that do not serve food, as well as casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult game centers and flexible play areas.

Households are also now prohibited from mixing in most outdoor environments as well as indoors, including beer gardens, although meetings in parks and other public places are still permitted.

The tightening of restrictions follows a fierce battle between local leaders and the government over financial support for the region – most of which has been below the equivalent of Level 2 measures since the end of July.

A £ 60million package has now been offered to regional councils to provide business support programs.

That’s £ 5million less than the Mayor of Greater Manchester and other local leaders had been willing to move in, initially asking for £ 90million.

Mr Burnham had said £ 65million was the ‘bare minimum to avoid a winter of real hardship’.

Among the guests who joined him at today’s press conference were Manchester City Council chief Sir Richard Leese; actress Julie Hesmondhalgh; footballer and hotelier Gary Neville and Menagerie founder Karina Jadhav.

Other speakers included Lucy Danger, CEO of EMERGE and FareShare; Diane Modahl MBE, chair of the Greater Manchester Youth Working Group and administrator of the Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity; Chris Oglesby, Managing Director of Bruntwood; Liz Taylor, CEO of Taylor Lynn Corporation; and the Right Reverend Dr David Walker, Bishop of Manchester.

You can read a recap of the press conference updates below.


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