The have been fears the army could be deployed to the streets amid worries the town may be plunged back into the toughest of restrictions.
It comes after fears were raised that areas where the new variant is rampant could be hit with the return of Tier 4 restrictions while the rules are relaxed elsewhere.
Pubgoers enjoyed pints while hungry shoppers took a break in local cafes to eat inside.
Speaking on Radio 4's Today programme this morning (Wed), he said: "We’ve been there before and they don’t work – not in a dense conurbation like Greater Manchester.
“This happened before, the spread increased because people travelled 50 yards across the county boundary to access hospitality that they can’t in their own area.”