Industry Update: 15 October

Latest guidance on local restrictions

Following the UK Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 12 October, as things currently stand, all of Greater Manchester has been placed in the tier two “high” category of the three alert levels.

The “high” alert level reflects many of the current local interventions that have been applicable to Greater Manchester for some months. This primarily aims to reduce household to household transmission by preventing all mixing between households or support bubbles indoors. The Rule of Six will apply in outdoor spaces, including private gardens.

This means that the full list of restrictions that currently apply in Greater Manchester state:

  • you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place;
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law);
  • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law;
  • certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am;
  • businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through;
  • schools, universities and places of worship remain open;
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees;
  • exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport;
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

​You must:

You should continue to:

  • follow social distancing rules;
  • work from home where you can effectively do so;
  • walk or cycle where possible, or plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

To find out more detail about the measures that apply in “high” alert level areas such as Greater Manchester, please click here.

The situation can change at any point and it is widely accepted that that Greater Manchester could move into “very high” in the coming days. We therefore ask that you familiarise yourself with the information on our Know Before You Go page which is updated regularly so that both businesses and consumers have a one-stop resource for planning visits in and around Greater Manchester.

#GreenSalford celebrated in series of films

A series of eight short films celebrating Salford’s abundance of beautiful green spaces has been produced by Marketing Manchester on behalf of Salford City Council and the University of Salford.

Part of a broader storytelling partnership designed to promote Salford as a brilliant place to live, work, invest, visit and study, the films demonstrate Salford’s green credentials through interviews with individuals linked to a variety of green locations across the city.

The films provide a broad overview of the different types of green space in Salford, with interviewees ranging from local families to park rangers to gardeners, community groups, academics and the head of the new RHS Garden Bridgewater in Worsley.

This set of films is just the start of the work we will be delivering to demonstrate and promote Greater Manchester’s green ambitions and credentials over the next year in the run up to COP26.

To read the full story, please click here. To view the videos, please click here.

Greater Manchester launches two major public consultations

Last week Greater Manchester launched two major public consultations to get a wide range of views on the city-region’s plans to reduce harmful air pollution on local roads and to introduce minimum standards for all taxis and private hire services licensed in the region.

People and businesses across the region and beyond are being invited to help shape the final plans by taking part in the consultations, which run until 23:59 on Thursday 3 December 2020.

You can find out more and give your views at and

ICYMI Register for VistBritain’s new series of free webinars

VisitBritain’s second series of Business Recovery webinars start today, with a look at the Latest Inbound and Domestic Research and Insights, followed by sessions on Tour Guiding (21 October), Destination Marketing (5 November), Micro-businesses (24 November), We’re Good to Go (26 November) and Creating Great Content (8 December). They have also partnered with Google Digital Garage to help you Create Videos with YouTube (3 December), and Find Customers with Google Maps (10 December).

Also upcoming are two new webinars for the Business Events sector. The first will focus on the Power of Digital Marketing (15 October), and the second will look at Working with Ambassadors as a route to Successful Bidding (26 November).

And there is also a new series of webinars for UK Travel Trade, focusing on market trends and insights on India (13 October), China (20 October) and Southern Europe (22 October).

To find out more about all VisitBritain marketing and event opportunities, please click here.

Partner and industry news

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Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub 

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis the Tourism and Hospitality Support Hub has been available to ensure that tourism and hospitality businesses are given the most up to date information including reopening standards and guidance. We have streamlined the Hub to give the most useful information; however, we will continue to deliver the service throughout the reopening of the visitor economy and anyone who needs specific and detailed support should contact for bespoke help and advice.