Bury is to be placed under tier 3 restrictions when national lockdown ends on December 2.

The Government has published rationales for each area’s tier decision.

For Greater Manchester, the rationale stated: “While there has been continued improvement in Greater Manchester, weekly case rates remain very high, especially amongst those aged over 60, at around 260 per 100,000 people.

“The pressure on the local NHS is decreasing in some areas but remains a concern; Manchester University hospital and Pennine Acute Trust remain under significant pressure.”

Here's what tier 3 means:

- Non-essential retail stores are allowed to open.

- Groups of six will only be able to meet in outdoor public spaces, such as parks and sports courts – but not in private gardens.

- Hospitality will be closed except for takeaway.

- Indoor entertainment venues – such as cinemas, theatres, bowling alleys and casinos – will remain closed.

- People will be told to avoid travelling out of the area other than where necessary and to reduce the number of journeys.

- No overnight stays will be permitted outside the local area, except for work or education, with accommodation to stay closed.

- Weddings and civil partnerships can resume but with only 15 guests, increasing to 30 for funerals. Wedding receptions are banned in Tier 3.

- Places of worship can reopen, but people must not interact with anyone outside their household or support bubble.

- Classes and organised adult sport can take place outdoors, but people are advised to avoid higher-risk contact activity.

- Elite and live sport will still be banned but drive-in events will be permitted.