Commenting that Greater Manchester is to remain in Tier 3, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Two weeks ago I voted against the tiering system because I don’t think it’s the right approach to defeating this virus. We now seem trapped in Tier 3, no matter what.
“It arbitrarily closes hospitality businesses who were responsible for just 3% of transmissions whilst keeping open many of the settings we know are responsible for the spread of the virus. I really feel for those pubs, bars and restaurants who were hoping for a chink of light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
“Our rates in Tameside and Stockport are falling, thanks to the efforts of so many, but this feels like the Government is so nervous about the mess they’ve made of the Christmas relaxation rules, that we are being pre-emptively punished ahead of any new year spike.”