Reopening of town centres and the high street

As restrictions begin to be lifted and pubs, bars and restaurants begin to open their doors, there is a great deal that operators need to take in to consideration when opening. We want to help you to navigate your way through this as best we can.

Key to this finding ways in which we can simplify the process allowing you to provide outside space for the consumption of food and drink, whilst still ensuring that you comply with the COVID-19 secure guidelines.

We are committed to revitalising our town centres and the high street as lockdown measures are lifted.

Re-opening survey

A survey of 11 questions has been prepared to help both Council and Greater Manchester Police officers assist businesses with re-opening.

Please complete our short re-opening survey.

Supporting the borough’s hospitality sector

Trafford Council has produced useful advice for the hospitality sector on reopening which is a practical resource with lots of useful tips and links on opening safely.  You can also find more information on how to apply for a Restart Grant of up to £18,000.

Government guidance

Guidance has now been published on keeping workers and customers safe during COVID-19 in restaurants, bars and takeaway services. Please familiarise yourself with this guidance and conduct your risk assessments with it in mind.

You should always ensure your business complies with the current COVID-secure guidelines.

Pavement Licence

You can now apply for a Pavement Licence at no cost, to place tables, chairs and other items on the public highway.

Visit our Pavement licence application page for more information and to download the application form.

NHS COVID-19 app

The COVID-19 app will help the NHS understand where and how quickly the virus is spreading, so it can respond quickly and effectively. The app helps the NHS track the virus, not individuals.

GOV.UK have also created a service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the app.  

You must:

  1. Display the official NHS QR code poster. Official NHS QR posters can be generated online.
  2. Ask every customer or visitor aged 16 and over to check in to your venue or provide their contact details. This can be done quickly and easily using the NHS COVID-19 app to scan in the NHS QR code poster.
  3. Have a system in place to ensure that you can collect information from your customers and visitors who do not have a smartphone or do not want to use the NHS COVID-19 app. You must keep this data for 21 days and provide it to NHS Test and Trace, if it is requested. Check what data you need to collect and how it should be managed.
  4. Take reasonable steps to refuse entry to those who refuse to check in or provide contact details.