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Local Restrictions in Greater Manchester

Since the end of July 2020, Greater Manchester has experienced local restrictions. Make sure you are up-to-date on the restrictions for your area.

Find out the latest COVID-19 restrictions in England 

Guide to the latest national restrictions

This page was updated on 24 September 2020.

 

With the easing of lockdown, we have seen that different areas across England have varying rates of Coronavirus. For this reason, there have been local restrictions in Greater Manchester. 

From July 18th, local authorities will have  new powers in their areas, as they will be able to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces, and cancel events.

For general information, the UK Government regularly updates its  FAQs on what you can and can’t do. You can find the latest guidance for your area on  www.gov.uk/coronavirus  and through your Local Authority. For specific areas please see:

  • Greater Manchester: local restrictions here
  • Measures in Bolton here.

 Summary of local restrictions

 

  Greater Manchester inc.
(Manchester, Trafford, Bury, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford and Oldham)
Bolton Wigan and Stockport
 (aligned with the rest of England)
 
Business and venue closures and restrictions Businesses to remain closed:

• nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
• sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars


From September 24, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only, except for takeaways.

Together with *all hospitality venues, they will be required to close at 10pm.

To help the police enforce this rule that means closing not just calling for last orders. This will also apply to takeaways - though deliveries can continue thereafter.

*Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and food and drink cannot be served after 10pm.
Businesses to remain closed:

• casinos
• indoor skating rinks
• bowling alleys
• indoor play areas, including soft play areas
• exhibition halls and conference centres for external attendees
• nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
• sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

Activities and settings to not reopen or restart:
• indoor performances
• close contact services


Hospitality venues must only provide take away food and drinks or delivery services to customers. A number of businesses and venues including hospitality must close from 10pm to 5am.
Businesses to remain closed:

• nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
• sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

From September 24, all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate a table service only, except for takeaways.

Together with *all hospitality venues, they will be required to close at 10pm.

To help the police enforce this rule that means closing not just calling for last orders. This will also apply to takeaways - though deliveries can continue thereafter.

*Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can continue beyond 10pm, but only if the performance started before 10pm, and food and drink cannot be served after 10pm.
Social contact restrictions You must not:

• host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble
• meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they’re in your support bubble
• socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue (inc. pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks)
• visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances
You must not:

• host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble
• meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they’re in your support bubble
• socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue (inc. pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks)
• visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances
• Whether indoors or outdoors people from different households must not meet in groups of larger than 6
• This limit does not apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble which is more than 6 people
Travel restrictions In Oldham, you should only use public transport for essential reasons. You should only travel for essential reasons when travelling into, within and out of Bolton.  N/A


Timeline for Greater Manchester local restrictions

This timeline summarises all restrictions in Greater Manchester, as well as guides for each Local Authority and businesses in the area.

 

30 July, Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced that due to an increasing number of Coronavirus cases, local restrictions are introduced in Greater Manchester and the new guidance is enforced as of July 31.

  • People are not permitted to mix with other households in private homes and gardens, except where they have formed a support bubble.
  • You should not socialise with people you do not live with in indoor public venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues. If you run a business in such venues, you should take steps to ensure guidance is followed.
  • You can continue to meet in public outdoor spaces including outdoor seating or beer gardens in groups of no more than 6 people (unless the group includes only people from 2 households). You should continue to follow social distancing when meeting people you do not live with.
  • You should not visit others even if they live outside of the affected areas. People from outside of the affected areas are also not allowed to visit you.
  • You should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances.
  • Children of separated parents are still allowed to move between households.
  • People living inside and outside of this area can continue to travel in and out for work.
  • People requiring access to your home as part of their job (i.e. cleaners, nannies, and repair workers) are still allowed to come inside.
  • From 1 August clinically extremely vulnerable people will no longer need to shield.
  • Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can still take place with no more than 30 people in attendance. Receptions should not involve more than 2 households in any location or, if outdoors, more than 6 people from different households.
  • People can continue to visit places of worship following social distancing.
  • You can still leave the area go on holiday, but you should only do this with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with).
  • You are still allowed to undertake viewings and move homes.
  • You should avoid sharing a vehicle with those outside your household or social bubble.

Local authorities and police forces have the power to enforce these restrictions. Full guidance is available on the government website.

 

14 August, following review of the measures, the government announced that the enforced restrictions will remain in place. The national easements for 15 August will not apply to Greater Manchester.

 

21 August, the Government issued further guidance specific to Oldham due to a rise of Coronavirus cases in the area. These measures state that any social activity both indoors and outdoors can only be with people that you live with or people in your support bubble. Residents are advised to avoid public transport except for essential travel. Restaurants in Oldham should halt walk-ins and encourage customers to make reservations in advance which can be up to a maximum of 6 people per table. The full details for Oldham can be found here.

 

21 August, Wigan, on the other hand has seen a reduction in cases. From August 26, the rules on social gatherings will be lifted in Wigan. This does not apply to the rest of Greater Manchester.

 

28 August, the local restrictions in Stockport will be lifted from 2 September. This means people will be able to mix with family and friends outside their household, in line with social distancing rules. Businesses including bowling alleys and indoor play areas, will also be permitted to reopen in these areas.

However, the ban on 2 households mixing indoors will continue in City of Manchester, Salford, Rochdale, Bury and Tameside. In Oldham, residents should avoid mixing with anyone from anther household both indoors and outdoors. Further information can be found here.  

 

2 September, Restrictions in Trafford and Bolton will remain, this means residents cannot meet people outside their bubbles either indoors, or in people’s homes or gardens. There was a possibility of these areas easing the lockdown, however, due to a spike in cases, they are to remain under restrictions. Further details here.

 

4 September, From 8 September, the following business and venues will be able to open in Oldham, City of Manchester, Trafford, Bury, Tameside, Rochdale and Salford. However, due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in Bolton, these businesses must remain closed in Bolton.

  • casinos
  • skating rinks
  • bowling alleys
  • indoor play areas, including soft play areas
  • exhibition centres and conference halls
  • indoor performances, with a social distanced audience
  • close contact services such as beauty treatments on the face

These businesses had previously been allowed to open in Wigan and Stockport.

The ban on people from different households meeting indoors remains in all areas of Greater Manchester except in Stockport and Wigan. Further to this, in Oldham residents must avoid mixing with anyone from another household both indoors and outdoors.

Find more information on the local guidelines here.

 

8 September, Due to a spike in Bolton, the Government with immediate effect states all hospitality for food and drink will be restricted to takeaway only; this includes restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs. There is also a restriction of operating hours, all venues (including takeaways) will be required to close from 10pm to 5am. You should not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue (pubs, restaurants, cafes and others).

Read more information at Bolton Local Authority and the Government announcement here.

 

9 September, From Monday 14 September, in line with the new rules across the whole of England, you must not meet in a group of more than 6 people in any location.

 

22 September, Following the announcement from the Prime Minister, new measures have been introduced in England to control the virus. Our guide can help you keep up to date with the latest news relevant for you and your business.

 

For a detailed timeline on easing of lockdown for the whole of England, please see here.

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More information is available on the UK Government’s Coronavirus Business Support website. For more personalised advice call us on: 0161 237 4128 or email us at: BGH@growthco.uk

 

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