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On Monday 12th April, outdoor hospitality venues, shops, gyms, and hairdressers will be able to reopen. We want to see our city getting moving, welcoming visitors back, and able to come back together once again–safely.

Businesses are taking steps, supported by the Council, to re-open safely. This includes measures like social distancing and table service. You can find out more about these measures at

To help facilitate this – we are also working to allow hospitality businesses to use outdoors spaces including pavement space and pedestrianising streets. We have removed fees for these pavement trading licenses during the pandemic. Find out more here. As local Councillors in the City Centre, your Deansgate Labour Team have secured good neighbour policies, argued for minimum pavement space guidelines to be protected, and want to hear your feedback over the coming weeks. Please get in touch with any concerns or questions.

Opening streets to walking and cycling by removing vehicles allows more space for people to circulate safely and for some space to be used by hospitality businesses to permit them to trade in these difficult times. This includes streets around the Northern Quarter like Stevenson Square, around Albert Square, and many more.

Restart grants are also available for eligible businesses to get back to trading as restrictions unwind. Non-essential retail can apply for up to £6,000. While up to £18,000 can be applied for by hospitality, accommodation, leisure, personal care, and gym businesses. Find out more and apply here.

Your Deansgate Labour Councillor and 6 May election candidate Marcus Johns supports these moves and is advocating for more space to be given to the people of Manchester in the city centre through pedestrianising spaces and delivering more public realm and green space.

We want to know what you think about this now as restrictions unwind and on a more permanent basis in future. So, please let us know your views using the short survey below.

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