Greater Manchester has been placed into a “tier 2” lockdown which means that people are banned from meeting anyone “indoors from any setting.”
Jim McMahon Labour MP announced the new “tier 2” measures after he had a call with the Health Secretary Matt Hancock.
McMahon tweeted, “Call with the Secretary of State confirms GM will be placed in Tier 2 with household restrictions on meeting indoors in any setting, but not outdoors.
“Pubs serving food remain open.
“Oldham will be removed from its enhanced lockdown measures and brought into line with GM *at last*.”
In another tweet the Labour MP for Oldham said, “Finally, an invite from the Health Secretary comes, giving 21 minutes notice when many MPs are travelling down to London.
“I’ll dial in of course, but this is really poor even by current standards, like most things it appears an afterthought.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to make an announcement later today, where it is expected that Liverpool will be placed on the strict “tier 3” meaning pubs and bars will be forced to close.
Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool city region, told BBC Breakfast, “We’re still continuing to try and find the fine detail that will give us some comfort that, one, we can go to our nearly two million residents in the Liverpool city region and explain to them what it is that we’ve negotiated on their behalf, but also we wanted some surety from national government that if we hit some of the milestones we can come out of Tier 3 very quickly.”