In summary: latest guidance on local restrictions

Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement on Tuesday 20 October, all of Greater Manchester will enter the tier three “very high” category of the three alert levels on Friday.

The “very high” alert level reflects many of the current local interventions that have been applicable to Greater Manchester for some months, but there are additional measures that impact the tourism, hospitality and leisure sector.

The full list of restrictions that apply in Greater Manchester are as follows:

  • you must not socialise with anybody you do not live with or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events;
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue;
  • pubs and bars must close; they can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, and they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal;
  • in line with the additional measures taken in Lancashire, casinos, bingo halls, betting shops, adult gaming centres and soft play areas must also close;
  • schools and universities remain open;
  • places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted;
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed;
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport
  • you should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
  • you should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere.

You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules;
  • work from home where you can effectively do so;
  • travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but aim to reduce the number of journeys you make.

​To find out more detail about the specific measures that apply in Greater Manchester, please click here.

The situation can change at any point. We therefore ask that you familiarise yourself with the information on our Know Before You Go page which is updated regularly so that both businesses and consumers have a one-stop resource for planning visits in and around Greater Manchester.

In case you missed it: #GreenSalford celebrated in series of films

A series of eight short films celebrating Salford’s abundance of beautiful green spaces has been produced by Marketing Manchester on behalf of Salford City Council and the University of Salford.

Part of a broader storytelling partnership designed to promote Salford as a brilliant place to live, work, invest, visit and study, the films demonstrate Salford’s green credentials through interviews with individuals linked to a variety of green locations across the city.

The films provide a broad overview of the different types of green space in Salford, with interviewees ranging from local families to park rangers to gardeners, community groups, academics and the head of the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley.

A social media sharing pack has been produced for partners and stakeholders who would like to support the #GreenSalford campaign by sharing content on their own channels. It includes proposed social media posts and downloadable/sharable video files and can be accessed here.

This set of films is just the start of the work we will be delivering to demonstrate and promote Greater Manchester’s green ambitions and credentials over the next year in the run up to COP26.

To read the full story, please click here. To view the videos, please click here.

Partner and industry news

Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub 

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis the Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub has been available to ensure that tourism and hospitality businesses are given the most up to date information including reopening standards and guidance.

In addition, our colleagues in the Business Growth Hub will shortly be launching a new suite of support services specifically aimed at tourism and hospitality businesses who need practical advice at this current time. We will share full details in the coming days. Anyone who needs specific and detailed support should contact: