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Key Greater Manchester hospitality industry figures preparing legal challenge to new lockdown restrictions

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Two of the region’s biggest breweries are said to be involved in the action ahead of the Prime Minister’s announcement on a tiered lockdown system

Senior figures from Greater Manchester’s hospitality industry are preparing a legal challenge to new lockdown restrictions.

The Prime Minister is set to make an announcement on a so-called tiered local lockdown system tomorrow.

It has been reported Manchester will be placed in the tier 3 category for ‘very high risk’ areas and that the city could be told to shut pubs, bars and restaurants.

Negotiations between local leaders and the government over how a new lockdown will look are said to be ongoing.

Pubs in the Liverpool city region are set to be ordered to close as part of new restrictions there it has been reported tonight but restaurants could be allowed to stay open.

Merseyside Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram tonight tweeted no deal had yet been reached, and suggested measures could still vary from those which are expected.

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Today Manchester’s five MPs signed a letter to Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak saying they would oppose closures as the data “would not seem to support a rationale for your proposed measures.”

Now Sacha Lord, the region’s night-time economy adviser, has confirmed he has instructed lawyers “to begin a Judicial Review into the legality of the emergency restrictions due to be imposed on the hospitality and entertainment sectors.”

The move is being supported by The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), The British Beer and Pub Association, Middleton brewery JW Lees, Manchester’s Joseph Holts Brewery, Stockport’s Robinsons Brewery, the New River Pub Company, Hawthorn Leisure, and operators across Greater Manchester including Alberts Schloss, 20 Stories, San Carlo, Wood Restaurant, Gusto, Living Ventures, Evuna, The Alchemist, O’Sheas and Atlas Bar.

Mr Lord is said to have instructed lawyers to draft a submission to the government, set to be handed to Downing Street tomorrow, asking them for the scientific basis behind the new rules.

“There is currently no tangible scientific evidence to merit a full closure of the hospitality and entertainment sectors” he said in a statement.

“Our discussions and ongoing calls for evidence have been…

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