It’s close to six months since the shutters came down for the full-on lock-down, and all the turmoil, chaos and disappointment that came with it for all the shops, restaurants and businesses of Manchester. And despite being open for a couple of months, now that the Government subsidies for eating out are finished and coronavirus cases are spiking, it feels like things are going to get worse before they get better.
Last week started with the Government urging people to return to working from work, but the trains, buses, roads and offices of Manchester aren’t exactly crammed with workers, shoppers or day-trippers.
The good news is that that means that people are more likely to stay safe. The bad news is that it’s killing all the shops, cafes, restaurants, and other businesses which help to make our city Great. Even the likes of giants like Costa and Pizza Express are having to close some stores, and we’ve possibly seen the end of Carluccio’s amongst others – but that’s just the ones that are notable for the national press: there will be tens or hundreds or possibly thousands of other independent businesses which will collapse now that there aren’t any (enough) customers to make their businesses viable.
Which brings us to the point of this blog – please find ways to support these businesses. Buy a gift-card from them, order something online, get something delivered, make a (safe) trip into town and go there. These businesses are part of what makes Manchester great, and when they’re gone, our city will be all the poorer for it.
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