Greater Manchester leaders have been given a deadline to reach a deal with the government over moving to tier three Covid restrictions.
If a deal is not reached, Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said the PM would decide on the next steps.
Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said the region was seeking a “fair figure” of support from the government.
Mr Burnham said he would be meeting with local leaders and would advise them to set out the request in a letter to the government.
The government and local leaders – including mayors and MPs – have been embroiled in 10 days of talks over tighter rules for Greater Manchester’s 2.8m population.
The “very high” alert level, also known as tier three, would mean closing pubs and bars which do not serve meals, and additional restrictions on households mixing.