Updated: Dec 30, 2020
The Liverpool City Region, which includes The City of Liverpool and its Boroughs of Wirral, Sefton, Halton, Knowsley and St. Helens have been placed into the highest level of COVID-19 restrictions by Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Government.
The news has been met with upset and distress by Liverpudlians across the Region and by the city's Metropolitan Mayor Steve Rotheram who believes that it will cripple the city without any reasonable financial support from Downing Street. The Region's Mayor has expressed upset towards the Government at their handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the treatment of the Liverpool Region and the wider North West of England.
Mayor Rotheram emphasised his position of the situation in a Tweet that said: "Lots of people understandably concerned gyms closing in our area." He added: "Let me be clear: neither I nor any of our leaders closed gyms or asked for them to be. That decision was Government's and Government's alone. We'll be working to make Government let them open as soon as possible".
The Liverpool City Region Mayor added: "I said my piece yesterday but to be clear this was done to us not with us." As one of the most powerful leaders in the North of England, he has continually expressed deep concerns over the COVID-19 Pandemic growing out of control and shown concern for the real impact of people's lives being lost.
The Region's Mayor, however, has been unable to support the Government's strategy in which the Liverpool City Region was placed in the maximum level of COVID-19 restrictions, despite many other parts of the UK experiencing an ever increasing level of cases. His views on the escalating situation with a lack of support from no. 10 has been backed up by other esteemed Northern figureheads including Liverpool's Manchester counterpart, Mayor Andy Burnham.