New measures will be imposed in the region from Friday after talks aimed at reaching an agreement on the restrictions and financial support collapsed between the Government and local leaders.
Since October 12, England has been operating under a three-tier system of local restrictions which divides areas into different categories, labelled as medium, also known as Tier 1, high, also known as Tier 2, or very high risk, which is referred to as Tier 3.
What happens if your area is in Tier 3?
Around 2.8 million people in Greater Manchester will join some 3.1 million in Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region under the most severe restrictions and as the only three areas of England under Tier 3.
In these areas, social mixing is banned both indoors and in private gardens, while pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as a restaurant.
The rule of six applies in some outdoor settings such as parks, public gardens and sports courts.
Local leaders help the Government to determine whether other venues should be closed, such as gyms or casinos.
In Greater Manchester, the new measures could lead to the closure of more than 1,800 pubs and 140 wine bars, as well as 277 betting shops and 12 casinos, according to the real estate adviser Altus Group.
In the Liverpool City Region, indoor gyms and fitness studios were forced to shut, alongside sports facilities, leisure centres, betting shops, adult gaming centres and casinos.
Gyms are allowed to stay open in Lancashire but the adult gaming industry, casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and betting shops, and soft play areas were made to shut.
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