UPDATED 19th SEP 2020:
An outbreak of COVID-19 has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester so the government and local authorities have introduced strict new rules that diners should follow.
Affected local areas
- Manchester city centre
- Oldham (see local guidance)
- Bolton (see local guidance)
Stockport and Wigan should now follow national guidance.
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As far as eating out is concerned, this means:
- You can still dine out, but if you’re going to be indoors, you should only go with members of your own household.
- This applies even if you are from one of the Manchester regions listed above and are going to a public place outside of the restricted areas.
- 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, or visitor attractions.
- You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households.
- You must not meet in a group of more than 6 people in any location
- If you’re visiting outdoor areas of cafes, restaurants or pubs, you should only meet in groups of up to 2 households, maximum 6 people.
- You should socially distance from other households at all times – unless they are in your support bubble.
- Making a reservation is advisable
- Always wash your hands after touching items other people have come into contact with before dining- especially if eating finger food.
- You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or social bubble. If you need to, try to:
- share the transport with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people at any one time
- open windows for ventilation
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them
- face away from each other
- consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products – make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering
Following these rules will help Manchester's hospitality, entertainment and tourism trades recover far quicker and keep people in jobs.
Keep up to date with the latest Government advice (together with rules about meeting up in other environments, such as your house or garden) here.