Zoom Briefing: Licensed Premises/Night Time Economy

Date & Time

CityCo and Manchester BID continue to work in close liaison with our city partners including Manchester City Council, Greater Manchester Police, Transport for Greater Manchester, Salford City Council and Marketing Manchester. As we move to phased reopening across the city centre, we are hosting a series of Zoom meetings for business members to help keep everyone in the loop with city planning.

Business Briefing: Licensed Premises/Night Time Economy
2pm, Tuesday 16 June
Zoom Q&A with guests:

Danielle Doyle & Fraser Swift, City Council Licensing
Kate MacDonald, City Council, Strategic Lead
Chief Inspector Zac Fraser, Greater Manchester Police
Rhian Greaves, Pannone LLP, Associate Partner 

Video Replay

Follow-Up Note from Manchester City Council Licensing

FAO Venue Operators

In preparation for the anticipated re-opening of the hospitality sector, the Council is looking (subject to government deregulation) to implement a new, speedier process for shorter-term tables and chairs licences.

At this stage, any applications submitted will not be processed but they will be registered.

In readiness, you may wish to start preparing the following information:

1. A clear and legible location plan that shows the boundary of the proposed area to be licensed, kerb and building lines, points of access (including to the property), key dimensions, seating and other furniture layout. The plan must show the relative size of any of the features that are relevant to the application. Plans do not need to be professionally drawn but must be accurate and show all key dimensions. It must be clear from the plan where the tables and chairs area is in relation to the wider area.

2. Photographs of the furniture to be used

As mentioned in the CityCo Q&A above, whilst we wait for the Government guidance to re-open you may wish to consider the following:

• Review the existing COVID-Secure Guidance for businesses in other sectors
• Consider potential changes that could be made to premises to enable effective social distancing (both for staff and customers) – you may wish to model subject to different potential distancing requirements, as well as staff and customer journeys
• Review your premises licence conditions to ensure you can comply with conditions upon re-opening. If any are potentially of concern, you can raise with Licensing.
• Ensure licence hasn’t lapsed (due to insolvency)
• Ensure DPS will be in place
• Staff training refresh on new procedures and policies
• Review/reduce high frequency touch points
• Potential for reducing contact – ordering / paying / menus

The Council and GMP have asked for information from licensees on their anticipated plans on re-opening, in particular:

• How venues are going to manage capacity, entry and ordering and avoid unnecessary demand
• When will you reopen – days / hours / capacity limits
• Whether you intend to operate differently than previously. If so, how

Please email Gareth.Worthington@cityco.com