Manchester, which notably resisted the shift into Tier 3 before the national lockdown, has remained where it is.
But the city’s leadership has railed against the plans, stating infection rates have dropped below nearby Liverpool.
Sir Richard Leese, longtime leader of Manchester City Council, said the decision to keep his city in the highest level of restrictions was “unbelievable”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Even though our numbers are better than either London or Liverpool’s were three weeks ago, still in Tier 3. Unbelievable!”