Trafford Council has vowed to support businesses as they begin to reopen in the borough, but has warned action will be taken against those breaking lockdown rules.

Following updated guidance from the Government earlier this week, the authority has had to adapt locally as the first baby steps of easing lockdown begin.

With manufacturers and construction workers, and all others who can’t work from home, being encouraged to return to work from today, Trafford Council said it will take “a proportionate view” on the new Government’s new policies.

The Government has issued guidance to all businesses to ensure employers are aware of what they need to do to help keep themselves and their employees safe.

Trafford Council’s plan is to work alongside Greater Manchester Police as well as other local authorities across Greater Manchester to ensure a “joined up” approach to policing the new guidance and its implications.

The authority’s cabinet member for public safety, Coun Mike Freeman, explained: “The council will take a proportionate view on the Government’s guidance.

“We will be supporting those businesses that are able to be open to trade in accordance with the guidance, but will take action where businesses are in breach of the rules.

“We have been closely monitoring compliance with regulations on business opening and social distancing throughout the lockdown and will continue this approach as some rules are eased.

 “We will liaise with Greater Manchester Police and other parties including local authorities to ensure we take a joined up approach across the board.”