Pub workers face an anxious wait to discover what impact the new Tier 3 coronavirus restrictions will have on their pay packets.

There are fears that a reduced furlough package, which covers just two thirds of salaries, will lead to some being unable to cover bills when the new rules come into force across Greater Manchester.

From Friday, pubs that don't serve substantial meals will have to close, along with soft play, betting shops and adult gaming shops.

In The Raven, in Wigan town centre, barmaid Janet Phillips is rushed off her feet, taking drinks to the tables of afternoon regulars.

Janet, 57, earns £8.72 an hour and averages around 20 hours a week.

And she says the reduction of the furlough payments from 80pc of salaries during the national lockdown “is a big drop”.

“The lockdown means I will have less money and a more uncertain future. It is going to hurt,” she said.

But the mum-of-four says she feels fortunate because her children have all left home and her factory worker husband is in full time employment.

Barmaid Janet Phillips earns £8.72 an hour and averages around 20 hours a week. She says she is lucky because her husband has a full-time job

Her biggest fears are for her younger colleagues.

“Some of my co-workers are young people, paying rent on flats.

"Where are they going to get the money from? They still have to pay their bills. I do worry about them.

“The single and younger ones, who are already on a lesser wage because they are under 25, it affects them proportionately more.

"I’ve read somewhere it will mean some of them being on £5 an hour.

“If you think, at the age of 25, you can have a mortgage, kids in school, you have a household to keep and yet they will be on less money. It is tragic.”

She believes the lockdown will also affect the pub’s regulars.

“I worry about our customers. Some of them are quite vulnerable and were in lockdown on their own.

"This is a local pub in the centre of Wigan and we have a lot of regulars.

“When we came back some of them were a bit anxious and it came across, because they had been on their own.

'This is a local pub and we have a lot of regulars. I do worry about the mental health aspect of all this'

"I do worry about the mental health aspect of all this.”

She added: “I think we are being treated unfairly up here. We are being penalised. Andy Burnham stood up for us.

“I know people down south are saying they have not got a high number of cases but they should pat themselves on the back and think how lucky they are.

“They perhaps don’t live in built up areas where there is more chance of contact. Plus I think our health service has been run down up here.

“The idea that we are all in this together - I think that broke down with Dominic Cummings when he went on his little travels.

"We weren’t all in it together, they were special and they could break the rules. There is an ‘us and them’. ”

But she said the so called north-south divide is more about the ‘haves and have-nots’.

Wigan, like the rest of Greater Manchester, moves into Tier 3 lockdown after midnight on Friday morning

“There are working classes everywhere. There are barmaids like me everywhere. There are people working in factories like my husband everywhere.

“But it is now in people’s heads that there is a north south divide, instead of a financial divide. It is a poverty divide.”

In the pub’s kitchen, chef John Fairhurst was preparing a tray of delicious steak and ale pies.

John, 65, works full-time and is worried about having his income slashed by a third, especially with Christmas approaching and presents to buy for his nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

Chef John Fairhurst, 65, works full-time and is worried about having his income slashed by a third, especially with Christmas approaching and presents to buy for his nine grandchildren and three great grandchildren

His wife, Rose, has already had her hours in a local cafe slashed because of a drop in trade.

“I don’t know exactly what it is going to cost me but I am worried, it is my living” said John.

But his main concern is also for the younger members of staff, most of who are part time.

“It is not as bad for me as it is for some of the bar staff. They are all young ‘uns. They have all got rents to pay. I fear for them.”

Both he and Janet hope the lockdown does not stretch into the winter.

He said: “They said it is a minimum of 28 days. I hope it does not go on until Christmas. I’m worried about it shutting down for a month, never mind any longer.”

John is opposed to any lockdown and says the pub trade has been unfairly picked-on.

“There is no proof the pubs are causing all this. Pubs are doing all they can, they are cleaning, there is waitress service.

"I think it all kicked off again when the kids went back to school, that’s when the rate started going back up.”

Landlady Tina Barlow says a temporary closure is not the end of the world for the pub.

She said moving out of Tier 2 into Tier 3 could be better for the business because of the promise of financial support, although it is unclear exactly what they will be offered.

Landlady Tina Barlow, of the Raven Hotel pub in Wigan, says closing isn't ideal, but at least it lets them get some government help to pay wages

“I’m not happy but I think it is the best of a bad situation,” she said.

Tina said the 10pm curfew had led to a slump in takings and reduced hours for her staff.

“At least this way it will protect staff jobs and that is my main concern,” said Tina, 56.

“Because of the furlough system they will get some support, although without the 80%, they will struggle financially.”

She added: “We need to do something about the infection rate and it is better for us to close because although we do food here, to operate mainly as a restaurant just would not work. It is a good drinking pub.”