What’s changing from Saturday 4 July in Manchester?

Manchester, we’ve missed you

Things aren’t back to normal just yet. But we’re on the road to recovery, gradually working out how we can open up safely and welcome you and our amazing businesses back into the city.

Government guidance is changing from tomorrow (Saturday 4 July). Here’s what you need to know.

Keep your distance – Be smart, stay apart

You’re still going to need to keep your distance from people you don’t live with, but from tomorrow it will only need to be one metre – if two metres isn’t possible.  Also from tomorrow, two households of any size will be allowed to meet up indoors.

Going out, out

Some pubs and restaurants will be reopening, but things will be different. Venues will be working really hard to make things safe for us all, so please do your bit and follow their rules if you are going out. You may have to book ahead, and they’ll be asking for names and contact details to help with track and tracing COVID cases.

You will still only be able to visit a restaurant or pub in your household group (or support bubble), or with one other household, or with up to 5 other people outdoors. There will also be more outside seating.

Fees have been waived for businesses to apply for temporary outdoor seating where limited indoor space would mean they would be unable to reopen otherwise.

Opening Manchester up

Eight of our fantastic Libraries will be back open from tomorrow. It’s a phased reopening, and things are going to be a bit different. You’ll only be allowed to browse for half an hour, and you may need to queue outside before you go in.

Hotels, places of worship, hair salons, cinemas, playgrounds, galleries and many other businesses can also legally open from tomorrow, if they can ensure they are ‘COVID secure’.

Getting around

Town is going to look a bit different too to make it easier for everyone to maintain social distancing. You’ll see a lot more signage and some road closures. This includes parts of Deansgate, Thomas Street and Stevenson Square. Footpaths are also being widened, and Withy Grove is being made one way to encourage us all to walk and cycle.

It’s really worth planning your journey if you are coming into town. You’ll still need to wear a mask on the tram or any other public transport (unless you are exempt for medical reasons) and capacity is limited to ensure everyone keeps their distance. Get on your bike or walk if you can!

We can’t wait to see you soon

You still need to keep washing your hands and stick to the rules around gatherings from people outside of your household.

We know you can’t wait to see the city back up and running, but we need to take it slowly. The more we stick to the rules, the safer Manchester will be, and the quicker it will recover.

Keep your distance, wash your hands.

We’ll see you soon.