Sacha Lord vows to connect independent food traders with Greater Manchester pubs closed under Tier 3 restrictions

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Sacha Lord has taken to Twitter this morning vowing to “join the dots” and help connect local businesses hit hardest by Tier 3 restrictions in Greater Manchester.

Mr Lord – Night Time Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester, and co-founder of Parklife Festival and Warehouse Project – has reached out by way of social media to the thousands of pubs across the region that have been required to shut doors today after not deemed to sell “substantial meals” as part of Tier 3 rules under the government’s new three tier coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions scheme.

He has offered to put these pubs in touch with his extensive contact list of independent festival food traders who are also out of work.

This is in the hopes that they can “join the dots” and “help each other out”.

Businesses interested in being connected are asked to email: [email protected]

This gesture follows word of numerous businesses across England joining forces to remain open and afloat during what are some of the most turbulent times the hospitality industry has ever faced, and also comes after Mr Lord publicly announced that he had begun the process of taking legal action against the government.

Announcing the Judicial Review in a tweet on Wednesday, Mr Lord said: “Last night we started the Judicial Review into the legality of implementing emergency restrictions on Greater Manchester’s hospitality sector, without scientific evidence.

A pre-action letter has been filed and we await the Health Secretary’s response.

“The fight goes on.”

Tier 3 restrictions officially came into effect in the Greater Manchester region at 0.01am today.

Under Tier 3 regulations and guidance, several businesses must shut including:

  • Pubs and bars – according to the government, these venues “can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant” eg: serving “substantial meals” like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal.
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Betting shops
  • Adult gaming centres
  • Soft play areas

All hospitality businesses in the region must continue to stop trading at 10pm.

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For the latest information, guidance and support during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the UK, please do refer to official sources at gov.uk/coronavirus.

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