The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, is fighting against the region being designated a Very High Risk area and reclassified as a Tier 3 rated area where greater restrictions would be introduced in an effort to stem the rise in coronavirus cases.
Mr Burnham is today expected to hold discussions with Downing Street officials. He has warned that he will bring legal action if such measures are imposed.
Government health officials are reportedly recommending that most of the North West and North East of England, as well as parts of Yorkshire and the Midlands, should be moved into the most severe tier.
The move is likely to result in pubs, bars, casinos and betting shops in Stockport closing for a four-week period. It would also see households banned from mixing, including in outside areas.
Currently, Liverpool City Region is the only area in England to have been placed into Tier Three.