Businesses and employers
Last updated 1.45pm, Thursday 24 September
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:
- leisure and tourism
- close contact services
- local authority venues
- 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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Advice for businesses re-opening
- Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020
- 14 guides to help employers, employees and the self-employed
- Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
Working safely during Coronavirus
- Information about how to work safely during Coronavirus
- NHS Test and trace and early outbreak information for employers
Help and advice for staff being made redundant
Moving your business from physical to digital
Business rates and grants
- Information about business rates and Government Relief
- Self-Employment Income Support Scheme
Government finance, support and guidance
- Business support (GOV.UK)
- Government’s Winter Economy Plan - to provide extra support for businesses and workers in winter due to Coronavirus.
The Coronavirus Business Support Hub brings together key information for businesses including:
- Funding and support including protection against evictions and support from business organisations and trade associations.
- Information for self-employed people and sole traders including: driving hours regulations; advice when working in people’s homes and advice on negotiating mortgage holidays.
- Your responsibilities as an employer covering topics such as: keeping your staff safe; guidance on home working; sick pay and what to do when staff need time off to look after dependents.
- Managing your business during coronavirus including sector specific information on cleaning workplaces and relaxed business regulations
- Information about businesses that must close and safe working guidance for those that can stay open.
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Sign up for gov.uk news alerts
- Search for specific business related guidance on gov.uk
- The Government Skills Toolkit provides free online training for (furloughed) staff
- International trade webinars
- Code of practice for commericial property
- Support for employers from Jobcentre Plus
- Job Retention Scheme time line
Advice for food businesses
- Government advice for food and drink businesses
- Information for new and existing food delivery and takeaway services
- Information note for businesses to minimise the spread of coronavirus
- Handwashing poster (landscape and portrait)
- Removal of disposable glove poster
- COVID -19 Food Safety guidance for meal programmes
- COVID-19 - Foodbank guidance
- COVID-19 - shopping guidance for a shopper
- COVID-19 - shopping advice for a community group
- RIDDOR reporting for COVID-19 - HSE advice and guidance for employers
- COVID-19 and Food Water and Environmental Microbiology Services from Public Health England (legionalla advice)
- Business Growth Hub or to talk to an advisor call 0161 359 3050
- Manchester Growth Company - Centre for Assessmenmt: template for a back to work risk assessment
- GM Employ
- Live chat with qualified business advisors
- Manchester Libraries' Ask about Business
- ProManchester COVID-19 weekly webinars
- CItyCo - information and podcasts for city centre businesses
- MACC - Support for the voluntary and community sector
- Flourish Together CIC developed a Covid recovery and resilience toolkit for social enterprises
Contracted suppliers providing services to Manchester City Council
Can you help?
To support or enquire about food distribution to vulnerable groups in Manchester please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org
You can donate to the We Love Manchester Charity COVID-19 Community Response Fund
Support the Voluntary & Community Sector - Skill Givers
If there are other ways you can help Manchester residents or if you want to offer support to local businesses please email email@example.com
If you want to tell us how the COVID-19 crisis is affecting your business or if have a good news story you would like us to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org