Statement from Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, "It is deeply disappointing that we have been placed in Tier Three when we have seen a very significant reduction in infection levels, bringing Manchester close to the national average, and we have been making an evidence-based case to government that we should be moved into Tier Two. We expect to continue making that progress - and will continue to press that case for an easing of restrictions. We hope for better news in two weeks' time when the tiers are reviewed.
"We will continue to campaign for Covid-safe businesses to remain open whatever tier were are in.
"I know that today's announcement will be devastating for some, especially those in the hospitality and cultural sectors, and we call on the Government to provide better supported for those affected. It is essential that livelihoods are protected.
"Manchester and Greater Manchester have spent longer in restrictions than most places in the country and it is important those cumulative impacts, as well as the additional impacts of extended restrictions, are recognised and addressed."