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Local leaders in Greater Manchester have been told that the “door is open” for further talks, despite the prime minister imposing Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions on the region.

Boris Johnson announced that tougher COVID-19 restrictions will be introduced in Greater Manchester from Friday.

Moving into Tier 3 means pubs and bars in Greater Manchester will be closed, unless they serve substantial meals, while betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas will also shut.

Different households will be banned from mixing indoors and outdoors, including in private gardens.

Mr Johnson revealed the move at a Downing Street briefing, just hours after the breakdown of talks with local leaders sparked a war of words, Coronavirus.

The bitter row is expected to dominate exchanges between the prime minister and Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs.

Meanwhile, Labour will table an opposition day debate motion in the Commons, calling for a “fair one nation deal” for areas facing being moved into Tier 3.

Sir Keir said: “The prime minister and the chancellor need to make good on their commitment to the British people to do whatever it takes to help us through this pandemic.

“We need a fair one nation deal that can help us through the second wave.”

It comes as talks with local leaders in South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and the North East about moving their areas into Tier 3 are set to continue.

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