City leaders in the North of England have vowed to resist a new hospitality shutdown without substantial financial support from central government.

Pubs, bars, and restaurants across Merseyside, Greater Manchester, and parts of the North East of England are facing the prospect of enforced closure next week amid soaring infections.

Mayors, MPs, and council leaders said they were kept in the dark about the plans, and have pledged to fiercely oppose any new measures without more support.

National newspapers reports suggest majority of northern England, from Barrow in Cumbria, to Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, parts of Yorkshire and most of the North East, as well as Nottinghamshire in the Midlands will be under some form of restrictions under a new three-tier traffic light system due to be outlined within days.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is expected to reveal a new package of support for affected businesses in the North, such as pubs and restaurants which are forced to close.

Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said he and other political leaders had not been pre-warned about the shutdown plans, which began to leak on Wednesday night.

He tweeted: “No discussion. No consultation. Millions of lives affected by Whitehall diktat. It is proving impossible to deal with this Government.”

Burnham and his counterparts have demanded local authorities be allowed to see details of the restrictions before they are announced.

“There is no way at all I will sign off on the closure of any business without a local furlough scheme,” he said.

Speaking to the BBC, Burnham added: “I have been having discussions with ministers this week and at no point did somebody say ‘we are closing all hospitality in the north of England on Monday’, so what’s the point, you ask yourself, of having those discussions if they are not going to be honest with us and you have to read it in a newspaper late at night?

“My worry is they are beginning to treat the north with contempt here, and it’s my job to stand up to it.

“I have tried to work with them all year, so it’s not as though it’s just convenient for me to say this…

He continued: “It’s about the millions of people across the north, hundreds of thousands of people in Greater Manchester, who work in places that are on the verge of being shut.

“It’s disrespectful to them and that’s what they don’t seem to understand.

“They are meddling with people’s lives in a way that is frankly disgraceful.”