According to reports, Greater Manchester will be placed under the third tier lockdown today, whether or not local leaders agree.
At the same time, Lancashire is said to be ready to agree on the new pub and gym closings and to receive additional financial aid from the government.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock yesterday included eight parts of England in the second stage and said negotiations on areas that should be extended to the third stage were still ongoing.
Half of England will live under more severe restrictions once all the rules come into effect.
But Greater Manchester has refused to enter the third tier, stating that more assistance is needed.
The move results in hospitality and contact businesses being closed and travel restricted.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to ignore a riot in the north and force Manchester into a level 3 lockdown, with or without local support.
The Telegraph reports that the prime minister is expected to impose the highest coronavirus restrictions on the Greater Manchester area today, even if Mr Burnham is not on board yet.
It is also understood that Lancashire leaders are on the verge of approving third tier status.
A central concern of local government leaders has been the level of income support with a demand that Mr Johnson restore the vacation system to cover 80 percent of wages.
Northern Ireland has already put in place a month-long lockdown, and Wales has announced that it will also announce an open circuit at halftime.
Mr Johnson hasn’t ruled out a two-week national lockdown at halftime but is desperate to avoid one, despite ministers believing full regional lockdowns could occur by the end of next week if the Tier system goes down.
Almost half of England’s population, 27 million people, will be subject to stricter lockdown measures from Saturday as London escalated into the second stage of measures.
Essex, Elmbridge, Barrow and Furness, York, Northeast Derbyshire, Erewash and Chesterfield will also face bans on mixing indoors, including pubs and restaurants.