Health and wellbeing Coronavirus

Businesses and employers

Last updated 1.45pm, Thursday 24 September

New Government restrictions came into place on Thursday 24 September. These run alongside the existing Greater Manchester restrictions.

Latest operating restrictions for hospitality sector

From Thursday 24 September, the following businesses and venues must be closed between 10pm and 5am:

  • businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants). This includes takeaways, however delivery services can continue after 10pm.
  • social clubs and casinos
  • bowling alleys, bingo halls and amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities)
  • Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities

There must be no customers on the premises after 10pm, or in any external seating owned by the premises.

Based on the new restrictions:

  • All pubs, bars and restaurants must offer a table service only
  • Customers and staff must wear face coverings except when seated to eat or drink (unless they are exempt)
  • Covid-compliance guidelines for businesses will become law, with fines being enforced if they are not followed
  • Venues must display the NHS QR code posters

These rules are in addition to the existing local restrictions in Manchester.

Businesses required to display NHS QR code posters

It is now a legal requirement for venues from the following sectors to display an official NHS QR code for the new national NHS COVID-19 app, as part of the large scale NHS testing and contact tracing programme: 

  • hospitality 
  • leisure and tourism
  • close contact services
  • local authority venues

See the full list of the settings required to display the poster

Access resources to support your customers and create your business’s unique QR code poster 

Further guidance: 

  • Businesses should continue to use their own method of contact logging in addition to displaying the QR code poster (the NHS Covid-19 app is one of a range of measures needed to make the system more robust).
  • Large venues are encouraged to use multiple different QR codes for different spaces within the setting
  • QR codes can only be read by the NHS Covid-19 app and not by any other generic QR code scanners
  • Hospitality venues must refuse entry to anyone who has not either ‘checked in’ by scanning the QR code or entered their details onto the venue’s customer log*


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