All playing our part to reopen Greater Manchester.
As lockdown eases, we all have a role in keeping our city region safe.
For business leaders, this means providing safe workplaces, to which employees and customers can return with confidence.
And as individuals, we all need to continue to look after ourselves and each other. We can do this by using our shops and services, public spaces and transport networks responsibly.
By joining together and reopening Greater Manchester safely, we'll best protect ourselves from further impacts of coronavirus. Brighter days will come.
Safely reopening our WORKPLACES
Across Greater Manchester, business leaders and owners are innovating and adapting to continue trading throughout these challenging times.
As lockdown eases and more workplaces reopen, it is more important than ever to protect colleagues and customers alike.
Employers have a vital role to play in:
- providing safe working environments - whether in the workplace or for people working from home
- supporting staff wellbeing
- enabling employees to get to work safely
The Growth Company Business Growth Hub is #HereforBusiness. It offers a wealth of resources and expertise to help business leaders respond to the challenges of coronavirus and support them as they prepare to reopen safely.
A 'safely reopening your workplace' toolkit has been produced to guide you through the steps you should follow.
Safely reopening our TRANSPORT
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is working closely with partners across the region as lockdown restrictions are eased. Together they're helping everyone feel safe and confident travelling - whether to work, the shops, to pubs, bars or restaurants.
Working from home
Businesses should continue to allow home working if possible.
Where home working isn’t an option, Safely Reopening Greater Manchester provides support and advice so employers can help staff to commute and work safely.
Plan your journeys
If you are making a journey either to work or to visit a reopened business, help keep yourself and everyone safe by thinking about how and when you travel and following safety guidance.
You should consider all other options before using public transport. Why not walk or cycle instead where possible, especially for shorter journeys?
Plans are under way to create new safe walking and cycling routes across Greater Manchester to get the region working and moving again.
Taxis and private hire services are a convenient alternative for longer journeys, particularly for trips in the evening.
Whichever way you’re travelling, please plan ahead, allow extra time for your journey and be patient. Avoid the busiest times and routes if you can.
To find out more visit TfGM's Safely Reopening GM webpage.
For people who need to use public transport, there are things you should do to keep yourself and others safe:
- You must wear a face covering when using public transport, unless you are exempt
- if you don't, you may be unable to travel and you could be fined £100
- it is your responsibility to provide your own face covering. It can be a simple scarf or bandana
- exemptions include for children under the age of 11 and anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one
- we expect everyone to wear a face covering if they can
- for more information, read TfGM's face coverings guidance
- please keep your distance from other passengers
- clean your hands frequently and carry hand sanitiser with you if you can
- use contactless payment
To help, we've already put measures in place and further changes are being introduced:
- we’ve installed hand sanitiser dispensers at bus stations and interchanges. We're also assessing the roll-out to key Metrolink stops
- we have a rigorous anti-viral cleaning regime in place. Trams are cleaned nightly, litter collections take place throughout the day, and there is increased cleaning at bus stations and interchanges
- we’ve introduced measures to support social distancing - including ground stickers, platform signage and PA announcements across the transport network
- we’ve also increased Metrolink services to a 10-minute frequency across the network
- rail and bus service frequency has also been increased
- we’ve introduced discounts to support flexible working. The new Clipper tram ticket helps people travelling on an occasional basis, especially part-time or shift workers. Metrolink passengers can also use the contactless early bird bonus to save money when travelling before 7am on weekdays
Safely reopening our PUBLIC SPACES
As restrictions to the way we live our lives are lifted, it is important to remember that the coronavirus outbreak isn't over.
We all need to keep on doing our bit to stop the virus.
The advice remains to stay at home as much as possible.
But if you do need to head outside, there are important things you should do to protect yourself and others. These include:
- keeping a safe distance from people you don't live with
- washing your hands regularly
- avoiding crowds
Everything you need to consider is set out with a useful checklist in the government's staying safe outside your home guidance.
Wear a face covering
It is now compulsory to wear a face covering on public transport, unless you are exempt.
If you don’t, you may be unable to travel and you could be fined £100.
From 24 July, face coverings must also be worn in shops and supermarkets.
But ahead of this, you are recommended to wear a face covering in public enclosed spaces.
You can find information on how to wear and make a face covering on the gov.uk website.
Districts across our city region are putting in place measures to give pedestrians and cyclists more space and help make their travel safer .
Examples include closing streets to motor traffic, widening pavements, removing street furniture and putting new traffic calming measures on residential streets.
In Manchester city centre, several roads are being closed to traffic to help safe walking. These include part of Deansgate, and Thomas Street in the Northern Quarter. Visit the CityCo website to find out more about these changes.