Tier pressure: Manchester makes front pages as highest restrictions imposed

The widening north-south political divide dominates today's papers after the government imposed Tier 3 restrictions on Greater Manchester

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced he will impose the highest Tier 3 local lockdown across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester after negotiations with local leaders broke down.

The new rules, which come into effect from midnight on Thursday 22nd, mean all pubs and bars not serving food must shut across the region from Friday, as well as no mixing of households in indoor settings and also in most outdoor settings.

Today, unsurprisingly, the widening north-south political divide dominates the front pages of the papers, with headlines including ‘Tier and loathing’ and ‘Northern uproar’.

The Guardian says that Mr Burnham accused the prime minister of playing a “game of poker with people’s lives” after imposing the highest level of restrictions on the city and surrounding area, with a headline about the “chaos and fury”.

The same “playing poker” phrase is used on the front page of the Daily Mirror, which runs with: “PM’s Playing Poker With the Pandemic: Mayor slams Boris as virus clampdown forced on region”.

And the same phrase is picked up in The Independent, too.

The Times has the headline “Manchester forced into highest level of lockdown”, saying that No 10 is “at war” with Burnham over compensation.

And the Metro has our favourite pun of the day, with “Tier and loathing” as its headline.

The i says that the PM is “facing the wrath of Manchester”.

The Telegraph, meanwhile, has a broader warning that other cities in the north face similar curbs if infections continue to spiral, with the headline: “Northern cities told they could be next”.

And The Yorkshire Post picks up on the mood of rebellion up here in the north with the headline: “Northern uproar as strictest virus restrictions are imposed” as Yorkshire still awaits a decision.

The new Tier 3 rules will come into effect in Greater Manchester from 00.01 on Friday 23rd October.


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