Call for business support as Bolton restaurants restricted to takeaway in local lockdown

Call for business support as Bolton restaurants restricted to takeaway in local lockdown
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Tue 8th Sep 2020

Hospitality businesses in Bolton have been restricted to only offering takeaway food and drink due to a rise in coronavirus cases.

Health secretary Matt Hancock told MPs in Parliament that COVID-19 cases in the town in Greater Manchester are now at 120 per 100,000, the highest rate in the UK. The increase has been driven by an increase in new cases among young people.

"The rise in cases in Bolton is partly due to socialising by people in their 20s and 30s," he said. "We know this from contact tracing.

"And through our contact-tracing system, we have identified a number of pubs at which the virus has spread significantly."

Making the announcement locally, David Greenhalgh, leader of Bolton Council, blamed the measures "on the irresponsible actions of a few which has led to a position where our rates are at a level where government had no choice but to take action."

The following new local lockdown measures begin immediately:

  • All hospitality companies offering food and drink restricted to takeaway only

  • Restriction of operating hours which means all venues, including takeaways, are required to close from 22:00 to 05:00

  • Mixed households banned from meeting in public outdoor settings, which will be enforceable by law

The government has not announced any new support for affected businesses but Greenhalgh said: "We are working across the council with the government and our partners to bring down the number of cases of this deadly virus, and to continue to press government for extra support for the hospitality sector as they are once again asked to close their doors."

Greater Manchester's night time economy adviser Sacha Lord tweeted: "Whilst safety must always come first, I'm gutted that pubs, bars and restaurants have had to close in Bolton. I feel for the operators, many who have only just recently re-opened.

"This completely re-iterates why we need further financial aid for businesses who can't fully operate."
Earlier this week, The Times reported that business secretary is considering grants for businesses hit by local lockdowns.

Are you a business owner in Bolton affected by the new local lockdown measures? Email Dan to share your story.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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