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COVID-19: support your town centres safely

Latest government advice for the borough of Rochdale

Get the latest advice for residents across the borough of Rochdale. This is to help stop the spread of coronavirus.   

         IMPORTANT: latest boroughwide advice on coronavirus (COVID-19)

The government guidelines state some businesses can open, with safety measures in place.

When can businesses and venues reopen?

The government has created a roadmap showing which businesses can reopen and when. You'll need to contact individual venues directly if you'd like to know whether they're open.

How to keep safer while visiting your town centres

You must follow government guidance when you visit your town centres to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

While you're out shopping:

What to expect at bars, pubs and restaurants

Hospitality venues such as restaurants, coffee shops, bars and pubs can serve people outdoors from Monday, 12 April 2021.

The earliest date hospitality venues can serve people indoors is Monday, 17 May 2021, but this date will be reviewed by government nearer the time.

If you visit a bar, pub or restaurant:

  • You should only socialise in groups of no more than 6 (Rule of 6) or 2 households.
  • Contact venues before your visit – you will need to book a table.
  • You must order, eat and drink while seated (table service only).
  • You must wear a face covering when you're not sitting at your table, unless you're exempt..
  • Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that you can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing your contact details to support the NHS Test and Trace process.
  • Businesses may close earlier than usual.
  • Venues will be operating at reduced capacity.

Report someone breaking the rules

Most businesses are following government guidelines to help keep their customers safer. However, if you think a person or business is possibly breaking the rules, please do report them.

Travelling into your town centre

You're encouraged to avoid making too many trips. You need to wear a face covering when in a taxi or using public transport - this also includes when you're in transport interchanges, such as bus stations.

How to work safely during COVID-19

Although the government is keen to get people back to work, you should only re-open your business if you can do so safely.

COVID-19 FAST tests to help keep your employees safe

We urge you to make sure your staff are taking part in FAST testing given 1 in 3 people are not displaying any symptoms. It's important to follow government guidance to keep infection rates down, so businesses can continue to reopen in line with the government's roadmap. FAST testing for your employees is an important part of this. Employees are advised to get tested twice a week at any of the FAST test centres across the borough.

Posters for businesses to display for customers

We've produced posters and other materials containing safety messages which you can download, print and display in your premises.

How we're helping to make your town centre safer

We're working with key partners, including Rochdale Business Improvement District (BID), so you can enjoy all our town centres have to offer.

The steps we've taken include:

  • Reopening the hospitality industry - we've made contact with businesses to ensure they have all the support and information they need to open safely. Our licensing team have contacted every licensed premises in the borough and provided them with advice and support around reopening.
  • Council staff are working closely with the police and are regularly visiting venues to support visitors and businesses, particularly at key times like weekends.
  • We’ve pedestrianised Packer Street in Rochdale town centre to create more outdoor space for businesses in this area. This has allowed customers of pubs like the Flying Horse Hotel extra space to drink and dine outside safely. We've also relocated the Packer Street taxi rank to the other side of the road, so it is now located in the town hall car park. A small section of Nelson Street at its junction with Packer Street is also closed to traffic.
  • We’ve also worked with Rochdale Development Agency to redevelop Butts Avenue and Bull Brow, including providing extra seating outside La Mancha Tapas Bar and Vicolo Del Vino wine bar.
  • We’ve increased cleaning across all our town centres, with an additional focus on key areas like handrails and ticket machines at car parks.
  • We've added signage to pavements and lamp posts to remind shoppers about the importance of following government guidance and we’ve given posters and stickers to businesses to help them spread the message.

Watch our video about the safety measures several local businesses have made, and their experiences of opening back up.

 

Watch the Welcome back video on YouTube (1min, 57secs)

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