Coronavirus: ‘Gold’ summit to discuss raising alert level for Greater Manchester and Lancashire

A “gold command” meeting will be held tomorrow to discuss whether Greater Manchester and Lancashire should be reclassified and put on “very high” alert, Sky News understands.

If a change is to be made, it would put both areas into Tier 3 of the government’s new lockdown system.

Sky News correspondent Inzamam Rashid said: “It may not mean Tier 3 restrictions are imminent, but a Number 10 source tells me they are ‘concerned’ about Greater Manchester and Lancashire so discussions at the top need to take place.”

“Their decision to place these regions in the Tier 2 category on Monday was a surprise given the high cases and also hospital admissions”, he continued.

“It feels like if the spread of the virus isn’t suppressed in these two areas soon, they will enter tier 3 and that could be a huge blow to the hospitality sector.

“It would mean that almost 3,100 pubs would shut along with 475 gyms. This would devastate tens of thousands of livelihoods.”

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