Some pubs and bars in Manchester have been accused of flouting the coronavirus guidance, and not taking customer contact details, a Sky News investigation has claimed.

Posing as walk-in customers, an undercover team visited ten hospitality venues in one of the city’s suburbs and found that nine were not requesting customer contact details, and two were ignoring social distancing.

Last week, new lockdown restrictions were imposed on the Manchester area, meaning customers should only be visiting pubs, cafes and restaurants with others in their household or support bubbles, placing an extra importance on the value of test and trace.

Although it is not mandatory for sites to collect details, a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social care told Sky that the NHS test and trace is “an integral part of the government’s coronavirus recovery strategy, designed to help us return to a more normal way of life and reduce the risk of needing local lockdowns in the future.

“This government is playing its part by supporting the hospitality sector through polices like Eat out to Help Out and so it is vital these businesses play their part too so we can all help stop the spread of the virus,” they said.

Following the investigation, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said the situation was something that “we can’t just turn a blind eye to.”

“I think it’s more than just a Greater Manchester problem - I think it’s the position all round the country,” he said.

“So what is the industry going to do? The industry has made a lot of calls on government and policy-makers in recent times. They have got to get their houses in order.”