Your Town Centre after lockdown

Most of Rochdale town centre is now open and we ask you to visit, shop, and enjoy responsibly following Gov guidelines 

Rochdale Town Centre Re-opening Posters

The Government recently announced that the lockdown restrictions in in the coming weeks and months will be eased and to make sure you can visit with confidence  we introduced a number of changes in the town centre.

These changes will help people follow guidance on social distancing and other public safety measures. The changes are to help people stay safe.

Businesses have put up lots of signage to highlight important safety messages like social distancing. We ask people to when possible use the left hand side of the  streets, and we have the BID Rangers out and about to help and advise people.

These changes are now in place & we encourage you back into the town centre from Monday 15th June onwards. Thanks for supporting your town centre businesses.

View the list of town centre businesses and which are now open

Frequently asked questions

From the 15th June non-essential shops can reopen,  while pubs, cafes and restaurants can hopefully begin reopening in July .

Paul Ambrose, BID Manager said, said: “We were delighted with the number of retailers who opened responsibly on June 15, and we continue to work hard with the Council to make the town welcoming and safe to visitors.”

View the list of town centre businesses and which are now open:

The BID will be advising people to follow safe distancing measures and have supported businesses with risk assesment templates and a variety of social distancing posters for display.  We are also asking people to be aware of all the latest public safety messages.

In preparation of the town centre reopening the BID undertook a deep clean of all of the benches along Yorkshire Street.  The Council Street Clean Team will be delivering an enhanced a cleansing programme.   Cleaning will remain at the top of our agenda.  

Other arrangements include asking people to keep left on pedestrian routes and avoid loitering / smoking adjacent to premises. 

The BID will continue to update businesses to ensure they are up to date with guidelines for protecting their staff and customers.

Public Toilets will be in use at the Wheatsheaf Centre.  The public toilets (except the disabled toilets) within the Exchange Shopping will remain closed. Hand sanitiser stations have been placed within the walkway of Riverside and throughout the Wheatsheaf & Exchange.

BID Rangers and the Councils Town Centre Wardens will be out and about to help and advise people, while officers from GMP will look to ensure people are observing the safe distancing rules and not gathering in groups.

Rochdale Council managed car parks are open.

All the car parks managed by the shopping centres (Exchange Shopping Centre, Wheatsheaf Centre and Riverside) will all be open from 15th June.

Please visit Parkopedia to find details regarding the location and costs of town centre car parks – click HERE

You are encouraged to use a car, cycle or walk if you can.

The government has indicated that from 15 June 2020, it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a bus or coach and train or tram.

You can help control coronavirus and travel safely by:

  • working from home where possible
  • shopping locally and less often
  • considering all other forms of transport before using public transport
  • avoiding the busiest times and routes
  • keeping your distance when your travel - 2 metres apart where possible
  • washing or sanitising your hands regularly

More information on public transport can be found at TFGM website

Taxis can access the town centre and all ranks are open.

Travelling to Rochdale

You can get to Rochdale by car, train, metrolink, bus, coach and even canal barge!

More information

Town Centre Map