Altrincham's economy received a massive social and economic boost over the weekend when bars, pubs and restaurants reopened after the coronavirus lockdown.
Thousands of people enjoyed their first proper pint and meal out in the town centre since the lockdown led to venues closing back in March.
The vast majority of people followed the social distancing rules and the reopening on July 4 – dubbed Super Saturday – was a huge success.
Conservative Cllr. Dave Morgan, Shadow Executive Member at Trafford Council for Housing and Regeneration said “These measures will give an immediate and much needed boost to many businesses, whilst supporting them to successfully reopen over the summer. This builds on support introduced by the government in March allowing many food and drink business, including pubs, to offer a takeaway service. Additionally, these changes will support hospitality staffs return to work safely, revive businesses and provide a real boost to our high streets affected by the pandemic.
“These timely changes are great news for businesses and will benefit residents too by enabling people to socialise this summer and enjoy the best of Trafford hospitality in a COVID-secure way. Trafford Council will be writing to all licensed premises in the next few days with guidance and links to various webpages detailing how they can take up these new opportunities. I would encourage all eligible businesses to take advantage of this creative government scheme to help stimulate the Trafford economy.”
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.