Nick Hancock

Greater Manchester has been put into tier 3 restrictions from 2 December 2020.

The confusion is in the detail, for example in tier 3 you can go to a gym, all sports centres are open, fitness and dance centres yet you cannot go to a fully secure restaurant or a pub.

You will be fairly pleased to learn that all shops will open from 2 December just in time for the run up to Christmas.

Here in Trafford the dodgy statistics show a huge fall in infections, all other areas have shown falls in infections for weeks, we think it is unfair for Manchester to be in this tier however if we keep the infection rates low we could drop to tier 2 in the next couple of weeks.

You can read more on the tiers by clicking here

Larry Gold, CEO of Trafford Housing Trust, said: “As we prepare to leave lockdown and enter in to Tier Three, it is more important than ever that we look after not only our physical health but also our mental wellbeing.  We also know that winter particularly affects the old and the vulnerable, with further concerns about loneliness and isolation, but there is help available.  Throughout the pandemic Trafford Housing Trust and many other local organisations have supported community hubs and the Trafford Crisis Fund to bring help and support to those that need it most.  So if you need help with food, medication or just someone to talk to, details of who to call are available at ”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “Greater Manchester’s infection rate is reducing faster than any other part of the country but we have to accept that it is still significantly higher than the England average. That said, if the current rate of improvement continues, we will be asking the Government to move our city-region into Tier 2 in two week’s time.

“What we believe is completely wrong is the Government’s decision to provide no additional business support to areas in Tier 3 than those in Tiers 1 and 2.

“The new Tier 3 will hit the hospitality sector extremely hard. While there are grants for businesses forced to close, there is no extra support for business which supply them like security, catering and cleaning.

“This will cause real hardship for people whose jobs will be affected and risk the loss of many businesses.

“Ministers need to explain how they believe it is fair for Tier 3 areas to get no more support than those in Tier 2. They also need to explain why places with high numbers of hospitality businesses – like city centres – get the same population-based grant as more suburban and rural areas with fewer businesses affected.

“The effect of these policy decision will be to level down the economies of city-regions across the North. It is unfair and the opposite of what the Government has promised to do. Ministers must review this and provide more financial support to Tier 3 areas.”