Outdoor drinking is now banned in Manchester as lockdown tightens

It will be enforced over the Bank Holiday weekend

Greater Manchester police will be enforcing a ban on outdoor drinking in Manchester city centre over the weekend due to coronavirus safety fears.

GMP has said they will do all they can to ensure the Public Space Protection order is stuck to during the Bank Holiday.

Inspector Jonathan Shilvock said: “Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic, events taking place over the bank holiday weekend have had to be cancelled for fears around public health and a possible lack of social distancing.

“In previous years during managed and licensed events people have been permitted to consume alcohol in open spaces, however due to this year’s events being cancelled, and for the fear of the effect it has on public health, there is a Public Space Protection Order in place in Manchester city centre which prohibits the consumption of alcohol in a non-licenced public place and will be enforced this weekend by Greater Manchester Police.

“Public health is one of GMP’s priorities and we will do all that we can to ensure the population comply with the legislation, keeping the population safe.

“We urge anyone planning on gathering in the city centre this weekend to think twice, listen to government guidelines and protect the health of your family and friends by keeping to the social distancing rules this weekend.”