Manchester Reopening – Business Guidance

Updated 22 July 

As Manchester reopens across sectors, public health and social distancing measures are in place across the city centre to protect and support businesses, workers, and visitors. 

CityCo and Manchester BID continue to support to our membership networks and the wider business community. We are working in liaison with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester, Greater Manchester Police, The Growth Company, Marketing Manchester, Manchester’s homelessness charity network Street Support, and other statutory and professional bodies to help ensure a safe return to business.

Government Covid-19 Recovery Strategy

Our Plan to ReBuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 Recovery Strategy

CityCo Zoom Business Briefings

To support our networks we have hosted a series of Zoom Business Briefings with the leaders of Manchester’s public sector organisations and agencies including the Council, Police and Transport.

To update any company contacts details for future invitations, please email

Manchester Businesses: Reopening Guidance by Sector

Current status by sector, suggested operational checklists and useful links:

Information is updated as we receive and source from partners.

CityCo/Manchester BID are here to help support with your reopening plans. Please do contact us.

#EatOutToHelpOut Claim-Back Scheme

Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can sign up to a new government initiative aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and other establishments who use the scheme will offer a 50% reduction, up to a maximum of £10 per person, to all diners who eat and/or drink-in throughout August.

Businesses simply reclaim the discounted amount through an online service, supported by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Claims can be made on a weekly basis and will be paid into bank accounts within five working days.

The scheme is open to eligible establishments across the UK and can be used all day, every Monday to Wednesday, between 3 and 31 August 2020. Businesses will receive a window sticker to show they are using the scheme and can download promotional items from GOV.UK.

How to Register:

Register online at GOV.UK. Let us know if you are taking part at and we will share with the MEN/CityLife prior to August launch.

Support Track and Trace

City Centre Road Closures, Pavement Widening and Bollard Changes

Road closures and footpath widening are in place to assist with social distancing. Starting with the partial closure of Deansgate last month, Stevenson Square, Edge Street, Thomas Street, Blossom Street, Southmill Street, Wakefield Street and others are to follow:

Google Map:

Please note in addition: Manchester City Council are upgrading the rising bollard systems which restrict vehicle access to roads in some parts of the city centre. There are 19 sites in total with one cluster around the city centre’s main retail areas including: Market Street, St Ann’s Square, Exchange Square and King Street, and a second cluster around Canal Street.

Bollard Maps and guidance leaflets



Greater Manchester Police are following a national 4 phase approach at this time:

  1. Engage: officers may ask people out in public about their circumstances
  2. Explain: officers may point out the risk people are taking, if not practicing social distancing
  3. Encourage: officers may encourage people to act reasonably and responsibly
  4. Enforce: as a last resort, officers may remove people to their home, and fine individuals if regulations are broken

Welcome Back Manchester

  • Manchester City Council has created a campaign with health and safety and friendly ‘welcome back’ messaging to provide reassurance as the city reopens
  • The bright, positive campaign is running across the city’s digital screens alongside poster sites, billboards, social media and web
  • Artwork versions include:”Mask Up” We Missed You” “Maintain Social Distance” “Yes! You’re Back” “Look After Each Other” “Hi! Good to See You” “You’re Not Alone”
  • We encourage businesses to use the campaign materials as you wish around stores, workplaces and via online channels
  • Download Poster Packs, Digital Screen Artwork and Social Media Toolkits at