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MetiNews.Com - The mayor of Greater Manchester has branded tighter restrictions on venues in the town 'immoral'.
Breaking News ! Tighter coronavirus restrictions in Bolton which have forced pubs and restaurants to close completely are ‘immoral’, the mayor of Greater Manchester has said. Landlords in the town will get no reprieve from the strict lockdown rules in place over the last few weeks after new figures showed the borough's infection rate has reached 242 new cases for every 100,000 people. It is the highest rate recorded in Bolton so far, significantly above the numbers from the first wave of the pandemic. Despite this, Andy Burnham says he has asked the government to bring the borough in line with the recently announced 10pm national curfew for hospitality venues. Read More Related Articles The rules you need to remember if you're going out this weekend Read More Related Articles Sign up for daily news updates from Bolton with our new free email newsletter Currently all pubs and restaurants in Bolton are only allowed to operate as takeaways while residents are banned from socialising outside their household. There are fears that the measures, introduced earlier this month after a surge in Covid-19 cases, could spell the end for ‘backstreet boozers’ unable to offer takeaway services. Mr Burnham said the government’s approach in Bolton had taken him by surprise when some punters could easily cross the border and visit pubs in neighbouring boroughs. He told a press conference on Friday: “We were never convinced that this measure would have a huge impact [on reducing infection rates] and we always thought it might create more harm than good. “I do understand how [pub owners] feel, we’re not neglecting them I can assure you.
. “To close businesses down without giving them proper support is immoral in my view, it can’t be allowed to go unchallenged.”
Greater Manchester’s night time economy adviser Sacha Lord stressed that the hospitality industry in the region, which employs 420,000 people, was ‘on its knees’. In Bolton businesses were given ‘very little notice’ about the incoming measures according to Mr Lord, who said the £500 weekly compensation being offered ‘is not going to touch the sides’. He added: “I’m extremely fearful that this could be the end of what we in Greater Manchester call the backstreet boozer. “This VAT reduction from 20 per cent to five per cent does help restaurants, but for those backstreet pubs that don’t serve food there’s no help for them whatsoever. “With that plus the curfew, we could see many many doors shutting. [The government is] actually about to kill the night time economy.”