UK Bishop of Manchester slams restrictions imposed in the north west of England last minute news
MetiNews.Com - Dr David Walker took a swipe at the government over its three-tier alert system
Breaking News ! The Bishop of Manchester the Rt Revd Dr David Walker has slammed the three-tier system imposed in the north west. In a stinging interview on Sky News Bishop David said the restrictions imposed by the government “smacks of a Westminster based mentality that has little care” for the area. More than half of England - in excess of 28 million people - are now under extra coronavirus restrictions under the new three-tier lockdown rules. Lancashire has now joined Liverpool region in the top tier, which is tier three or the 'very high' alert level. The Bishop of Manchester Dr David Walker (Image: Sean Hansford) Pubs have closed in the region and households cannot mix indoors or in many outdoor settings. Around 1.5 million people, including residents of Blackburn, Blackpool, Burnley, Lancaster and Preston, will be affected by the new rules. But unlike in the Liverpool City Region, gyms and leisure centres will not close. And Bishop David feels the government isn't 'engaging seriously' with the needs of the north west. He said: "We've seen now over several days the government not really wanting to engage seriously with what the needs of the north west are." He explained: "We've got people in Liverpool feeling cheated because they got a worse deal than Lancashire, we got Lancashire feeling bullied into accepting a deal that as we've just heard in your headlines is devastating for towns like Blackpool." Bishop David also hit out to say the alert system isn't 'backed by science' as Greater Manchester leaders fight back against tier three restrictions being imposed without additional financial support.
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"So we've got something not backed by science, not agreed with local leaders and it just smacks of a Westminster based mentality that has little care or little capacity to understand what life in the north of England is like." The 'very high' alert level measures include pub closures and bans household mixing indoors, private gardens and most outdoor venues. People must not socialise with anyone they do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden.
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People from different households can still meet in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach in groups of six or less and all pubs and bars must close unless they are serving substantial meals. Residents should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK and others should avoid staying overnight in a very high alert area.
People should avoid travelling outside a very high alert level area or entering other than for essential journeys.
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Health Secretary Matt Hancock said the government 'worked intensively' with leaders in Lancashire to agree the restrictions. He said a rise in cases in the north-west meant "we must act." The Prime Minister has warned the situation in Greater Manchester is 'grave' while leaders including city mayor Andy Burnham refuse to accept tier three restrictions without greater financial support for its businesses and residents. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused Mr Burnham of trying to “hold the government over a barrel” by resisting tougher restrictions.