Greater Manchester Labour Mayor Andy Burnham defended the UK Government’s latest move to impose a regional lockdown on the north of England. While on the BBC with Charlie Stayt, Mr Burnham insisted it was important that these new lockdown rules were listened to. He argued that not following these new measures could ultimately result in a more severe lockdown in time.
He added the Government would be stepping up its enforcement in regards to the new lockdown rules.
Mr Burnham said: “I think people just need to be sensible about this.
“There will need to be enforcement and I am particularly concerned about some of our licenced premises.
“There are clear requirements for what we must do and we have evidence that some of them are not following that guidance.
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“We will be stepping up the enforcement behind this but in many ways, it isn’t about disrupting people’s lives.”
Mr Burnham added why he believed it was important that these new rules and regulations regarding lockdown were followed.
He said: “”We have agreed to this because it doesn’t massively disrupt people’s lives.
“It is a modest change that if we make now we will take away the need for a much more severe lockdown.
“That is why I am doing everything I can to avoid that.”
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