ANDREW Gwynne believes the correct decision has been made to put Greater Manchester in the new tier two for Covid-19 restrictions.
The MP for Denton and Reddish said: “Overall, I think that this is the right decision. Being placed in tier two means that hospitality businesses will be able to remain open. The evidence shows that Covid transmission is largely taking place in household, rather than hospitality, settings.
“I also welcome the fact that the rules will be simplified. There has been a lot of confusion about what rules apply where, so increased clarity is very welcome indeed.
“We all now need to ensure that we work together to bring rates down so that we can avoid being put into the much stricter Tier 3. I’m confident that with clearer rules about what we can and can’t do, this is very achievable.
“However, there is also the issue of the 10pm curfew. This is something that I cannot support and will be opposing in votes this week. All the evidence shows that this curfew is counter-productive, moving people from Covid-secure bars, pubs and restaurants into illegal house or street parties.
“Restrictions should only be imposed if they are going to stop the spread of the virus, as this does the opposite it needs to be scrapped.”