The U.K. government is hopeful of securing a deal to tighten coronavirus restrictions in Greater Manchester, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said after a weekend stand-off with local leaders. The contours of an agreement are there, but every side needs to now come together and reach an amicable conclusion,” he told Sky News on Monday. […] The government has faced resistance from Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and other local leaders over the past week as it seeks to impose stricter regulations, including closing pubs and bars. Burnham is calling for more financial help for employees and businesses affected. The mayor called for a “fair” financial framework for all regions forced into the most severe “Tier 3” restrictions under the government’s new system, and urged lawmakers in Parliament to intervene.
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