Trafford’s economy received a massive social and economic boost over the weekend when the borough’s bars, pubs and restaurants reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.
Thousands of people enjoyed their first proper pint and meal out in the borough since the lockdown led to venues closing back in March.
Trafford Council has been helping venues open safely and is delighted to see the borough’s hospitality industry bursting back into life.
The vast majority of people followed the social distancing rules and the reopening on July 4 – dubbed Super Saturday – was a huge success.
Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration, said:
It was fantastic to see Trafford’s hospitality sector reopen over the weekend. To have our bars, pubs, and restaurants available again is a massive boost to our town centres and to the borough’s economy as a whole.
“Trafford Council gave advice and support to pubs and bars to help them open safely and we provided extra space for outdoor eating and drinking. I am delighted to say that the reopening was a huge success and enjoyed by everyone across the borough.
“It has been a very difficult time for the hospitality sector and I am delighted they were able to open and hopefully recoup some of their lost income. Thanks to everyone for following the social distancing rules and for making the event a success.”
Trafford Council will continue to help businesses by providing other options for providing more room for outdoor hospitality in other locations. Where appropriate, and following consultation with bus companies, residents and businesses, the Council may also look at closing roads to support businesses.
To ensure the pubs and bars stay open, everyone is urged to continue to follow social distancing rules and to stick to the rules which have been brought in by the Government. People are asked to continue to keep at least 2m apart wherever possible, wash hands, wear face coverings and comply with test and trace measures should they get coronavirus symptoms or become a contact.
Trafford Council has issued help and guidance to Trafford businesses opening up after the lockdown. There is also Government advice to those who work in or run restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes or takeaways. Help and advice to those concerned about the effect the Coronavirus had had on their business can be found at www.businessgrowthhub.com/coronavirus.
Posted on Monday 6th July 2020