BOLTON will be placed under stricter coronavirus controls from Friday after talks between the Government and civic leaders concluded without an agreement.

The region's mayor Andy Burnham held last-ditch talks with Boris Johnson earlier on Tuesday aimed at securing additional financial support for his consent on new restrictions.

The Prime Minister confirmed that Greater Manchester would move to highest alert level in line with neighbouring Lancashire and the Liverpool City Region.

All 10 boroughs of Greater Manchester will face the toughest set of lockdown restrictions.

Pubs and bars will be closed, unless they are serving substantial meals, for a 28-day period, along with betting shops, casinos, bingo halls, adult gaming centres and soft play areas.

Mr Johnson also confirmed there will be a £22m financial support package for Greater Manchester as it enters Tier 3.

This is on top of the £1bn funding for all local authorities across the country.

The Prime Minister told a Downing Street news conference: “As we act, I don’t want anybody to think that your actions, our actions, are in vain.

“This evening… I can announce that Greater Manchester will move to the very high alert level.

“That means that pubs and bars must close, unless they are serving substantial meals, households can’t mix in doors, or in most outdoor settings.

“In some public outdoor spaces groups must be limited to the rule of six.

“And, we strongly advise against travel into and out of the area.”

He added: “Regulations will be laid in Parliament on Thursday, and come into force just after midnight.”