Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce has reacted to the new lockdown measures.

Chris Fletcher, director of policy and communications at GM COC, said: "It should be made clear that these measures are squarely aimed at preventing the spread of Covid 19 between households and should not have any immediate impact on businesses.

"People can still go to work and move around within existing safety guidelines and advice around work places and transport.

"One possible area of concern will be the hospitality sector, just finding its feet again after coming out of lockdown, and, whilst these measures allow premises to stay open, there will no doubt be some confusion over what people are allowed into premises in what groupings.

" It is vital that every effort is made to prevent further job losses and grow back vital parts of the economy."