Manchester’s Corn Exchange has announced the dates of when each of its restaurants and bars will be reopening now that the government has given hospitality the green light to trade.
Indoor table service is permitted in England from July 4.
Three Corn Exchange sites will be welcoming back customers from Saturday – including stylish bar and kitchen, Banyan, Berlin-inspired Doner Haus and family-run Italian restaurant Salvi’s.
Indian street food diner Mowgli will reopen on July 6, whilst laidback dining spot Cosy Club has confirmed a July 8 return.
The Corn Exchange’s remaining resident brands, which include Escape Hunt, Gino’s, Pho, Pizza Express, Roomzzz, Tampopo, Vapiano, Wahaca and Zizzi, will be back in action from mid-July onwards.
Social distancing measures and a one-way system have been implemented across the Corn Exchange to ensure “visitors can dine, relax and socialise in safety” – with each brand introducing prior booking and reduced guest capacity to meet government guidelines.
Doner Haus and Gino’s are also offering takeaway and delivery from the 2 and 15 July respectively.
Liam Mooney, General Manager at Corn Exchange Manchester, said: “We’re excited to safely once again welcome visitors to our mouth-watering mix of brands, which will begin to reopen from this weekend.
“The teams onsite have worked hard to introduce measures to keep colleagues and guests alike safe while at work or play and we’re all looking forward to being a key destination for those visiting Manchester city centre.
He continued: “Opening hours and booking arrangements will vary between brands, so check online before arriving to make sure you can attend.
“We’ll be closely monitoring Public Health England’s advice and will be reviewing the guidance regularly to ensure the site is as safe as possible.”
For more details on booking and visiting any of the onsite brands and for further information on the safety measures in place, please visit the Corn Exchange website.
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Man arrested after Stockport homes were evacuated due to ‘suspected hazardous materials’
A man has been arrested after the discovery of “suspected hazardous materials” led to several homes being evacuated in Stockport.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) explained that the discovery of the so-called “suspected hazardous materials” was made by police yesterday (Thursday 1 June) during a search of a property on Middleton Road in the Reddish area of Stockport.
Officers attended the property in response to intelligence about the manufacturing of illegal fireworks.
No injuries have been reported following the discovery, GMP confirmed, and a 100-metre cordon is currently believed to still be in place around the area.
Residents of the several homes that were asked to evacuate yesterday have been relocated, either to the homes of their family and friends, or directed by Stockport Council to Houldsworth Village and Broadstone Road if they had no alternative accommodation.
The residents were told by GMP that, although they would be kept regularly updated, it was “unlikely they will be able to return home,” yesterday evening.
Following the discovery, GMP declared a major incident and instructed specially-trained representatives from relevant agencies to conduct the “timely and safe recovery” of the hazardous materials, all while asking members of the public to “avoid the area” so this could be carried out.
The arrested suspect, a 50-year-old man, is currently being held in police custody under Section 4 of the Explosive Substances Act.
“We understand this news will have caused some concern in the community, not just amongst the residents who have unfortunately been displaced,” Chief Inspector Jamie Collins admitted in a statement addressing the ongoing situation yesterday.
“Our highest priority is keeping people safe, which is why we have put a cordon in place, evacuated properties, and warned members of the public to avoid the area.
With it being the first time the two Manchester clubs have battled it out for the trophy in the final in the 151-year-old football competition’s illustrious history, tens of thousands of fans are expected to make the journey down to the capital.
But with this influx of excitable rival fans, admittedly, comes a set of challenges.
This is why The FA and TfGM have decided to introduce some measures, and issue travel tips and guidance, in a bid to make sure everyone stays safe, while still soaking in all the atmosphere of the historic day at the same time.
Due to what TfGM has called “significant” coordinated strike action by rail unions RMT and Aslef on Saturday, all supporters heading to the FA Cup final are advised to avoid trains and “consider alternative travel arrangements” instead – making sure to allow “additional time for travel” and planning their journeys “ahead of time”.
Fans are also being asked to check the road network carefully, as it’s also highly likely that traditional routes to Wembley will be “busier than normal” as a result of rail strikes.
The FA has confirmed that it will be providing 60 coaches for both Manchester clubs to help supporters get to Wembley and return to Manchester once the game has finished, but aside from this, TfGM has suggested that “anyone without an official match ticket should not travel to the game”.
The two Manchester clubs have been advised to encourage fans to use separate travel routes to each other to avoid clashes, and a list of service stations for each team has now also been published – confirming all the rumours to be true.
Allocation of motorway service stations
Manchester City supporters
Manchester United supporters
When it comes to the travel routes supporters of each team are advised to take, TfGM is urging Manchester City fans to take the M62/M1 as the first port of call, or taking the M6/M1 or M6/M6 Toll/M1 as a back-up option.
Manchester United supporters are encouraged to take the M6/M42/M40.
On top of information on travel routes and service station allocations, TfGM has also shared tips for matchday parking, tube travel around London, and more.