Source: City of Manchester
Statements from Manchester City Council leaders reacting to the announcement that Manchester is to be placed into Tier 4:
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The new strain of coronavirus is cause for concern and the enhanced restrictions should be followed judiciously to limit the spread of the variant, which we know passes more readily between people.
“The prospect of Tier 4 will be received once again as a critical blow to the city’s hospitality industry – along with wider retailers who will also now need to close – and whose resilience to the economic impact of the virus is wearing ever thin.
“It is clear that businesses will not be able to survive indefinitely if they are forced to close. Remember that Manchester has been living with enhanced restrictions since March with little respite, and the key question is what further support can businesses expect from Government if they are asked to continue to shut up shop at a crucial time in their trading year.”
David Regan, Director of Public Health for Manchester, said: “Although there is no evidence that this new variant of the virus causes people to be more ill than previous strains, the fact that it can spread from one person to another more easily is cause for concern.
“However, we already know the best ways of protecting ourselves and loved ones from the virus. And it remains as important as it ever was to follow the rules in place to keep us safe – by washing hands, keeping distance from others, and wear a face covering. If you do have symptoms, book a test immediately. And if you’re contacted to receive the vaccine, please attend your appointment.”
Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, said: “I know this will be disappointing news for our residents and for so many of our local businesses who must once again close their doors. But we must remain focused. To keep one another safe we must follow the rules and the guidance. It is only then can we expect to see the positive changes we need to help Manchester move out of this highest tier.”