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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)

How to keep safer while visiting your town centres

Help reduce the spread of coronavirus while you're out shopping:

Travelling into your town centre

Regular FAST testing

As the economy continues to reopen and people are visiting using shops and local businesses more often, it's a good idea to get into the habit of regular COVID-19 testing twice a week. This is also important for people who have been vaccinated.

FAST testing can be undertaken at home or at one of the FAST test centres across the borough, and results typically only take around half an hour to come through.

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.

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.

Materials for businesses

You can access campaign materials from the NHS and the government. We've also created some materials for local businesses, communities, organisations and services.

How we've helped to make your town centre safer

We're worked 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 during the coronavirus pandemic 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.