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Latest information on COVID-19.

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.

How to keep safer while visiting your town centres

There are some things you can do when you visit your town centres to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. 

You must follow government guidance.

While you're out shopping:

Going out safely: see how the borough's restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes have made important changes to help keep you safe and stop the spread of coronavirus.


Watch the Going out safely video on YouTube (2mins, 19secs)

What to expect at bars, pubs and restaurants

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs have been ordered to close by the government under national restrictions. They can, however, provide food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not include alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery

At the end of the national restrictions the government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data. This means if you want to go to a bar, pub or restaurant the following may still be relevant:

  • Contact venues before your visit – you may need to book a table.
  • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table. You must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site.
  • 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 selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm-5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
  • Venues will be operating at reduced capacity with space for social distancing.

Video: Watch a video about how a local business, The Medicine Tap in Rochdale, has adapted and reopened to help keep customers safer. Watch The Medicine Tap video on YouTube (2 mins 16 secs)

Businesses which are open

You'll need to contact individual venues directly if you'd like to know whether they're open.

Help us to help you

Most businesses are following local and 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 drive, walk or cycle if you can as the government has asked if you can avoid public transport where possible.

Workplace safety advice for employers

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

You can access official guidance on COVID-19 workplace safety. In addition we've produced posters and other materials for businesses to download, print and display in their premises.

How we're helping to make your town centre safe

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 of 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 contacted every licensed premises in the borough and provided them with advice and support around reopening. To operate safely, leisure venues are required to follow a number of rules and anyone wishing to visit them will need to adhere to them.
  • Council staff have joined forces with police and are regularly visiting venues to support visitors and businesses.
  • 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 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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