November Lockdown: Restrictions

Government Guidance

Businesses instructed to close

To reduce social contact the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

  • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens
  • personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons

Business that can remain open

  • Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.
  • Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.
  • Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol is not allowed
  • Hotels, hostels and other accommodation should only open for those who have to travel for work purposes

A number of public services will also stay open. These include:

  • the NHS and medical services like GPs
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts
  • Civil Registrations Offices

Manchester City Council Licensing

Pubs, bars (including bars in hotels or members’ clubs), cafes, social clubs and restaurants, you may only sell alcohol for consumption off the premises in one of the following ways:

  • By making deliveries in response to orders received via a website, phone/text or post
  • To a purchaser who collects food or drink that has been pre-ordered by a means mentioned above, provided the purchaser does not enter inside the premises to do so
  • To a purchaser who collects food and drink in a vehicle, and to whom the food and drink is passed without the purchaser or any other person leaving the vehicle

Between 5am and 10pm, it is permitted for customers to enter the premises to collect takeaway food or non-alcoholic drink orders but not alcohol.

Beyond 10pm, all service must be limited in line with the 3 methods outlined above.

Where an activity is licensed e.g. sale of alcohol, late night refreshment; it must still only be carried out during times permitted by your premises licence.

Alcohol cannot be sold for consumption in an area adjacent to your business where seating is made available for customers (whether or not you provide the seating) or which your customers habitually use for consumption of food or drink served by your business.

Licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries) and off licences may remain open.

If you have any questions about these restrictions please email the Licensing Team at