COVID-19 new updates

As we learn to live safely with coronavirus (COVID-19), there are actions we can all take to help reduce the risk of catching COVID-19 and passing it on to others. These actions will also help to reduce the spread of other respiratory infections, such as flu, which can spread easily and may cause serious illness in some people.

COVID-19, along with many other respiratory infections such as influenza (flu), can spread easily and cause serious illness in some people. You may be infected with a respiratory virus such as COVID-19 and not have any symptoms but still pass infection onto others.

There are simple things you can do in your daily life that will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and protect those at highest risk. Things you can choose to do are:

  1. Get vaccinated.
  2. Let fresh air in if meeting others indoors.
  3. Practise good hygiene:
    • wash your hands
    • cover your coughs and sneezes
    • clean your surroundings frequently
  4. Wear a face covering or a face mask.

You can read more on the government's website: Living safely with respiratory infections, including COVID-19

COVID-19 advice recommended for Bolton schools and education settings

School, college or Early Years are the best places for young people to be.

It keeps their education on track, so they can achieve their full potential, while also benefitting their mental and physical health and wellbeing.

The local authority and schools in Bolton continue to work together to plan and respond to COVID-19 cases amongst staff and students. These plans prioritise the quality of education and support to which students and staff are entitled.

There are several steps we can all take to reduce the risk of transmission and keep our children and young people safe, including making sure there’s plenty of fresh air in enclosed areas, staying home if you are unwell, and taking up the offer of a vaccination or booster dose when eligible.

If you or your child test positive for Covid-19 please see People with symptoms of a respiratory infection including COVID-19 for more information.


The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are safe and effective. They give you the best protection against COVID-19.

For all information about vaccinations and who is eligible visit the NHS website.

For details of walk-in vaccination clinic in Bolton area visit

Read more about vaccinations for children aged 12-15.

A guide for parents of children aged 5 to 11 years of age at high risk


You can collect LFD test kits from any of our Community Collect Sites.

If you have symptoms or test positive

What to do if you have coronavirus (COVID-19) or symptoms of COVID-19 - NHS (

If you need help to follow this guidance please call 01204 337721. Our support HUB is still here to help.

Support and guidance

Bolton Council’s Public Health SPOC Team are on hand for any queries, support or practical help surrounding Covid-19 and other infectious diseases.

If you need advice and guidance for any Public Health matters you can call the helpline on 01204 337221 or email us on (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm and Sat-Sun & bank holidays 9am-1.30pm)


Other countries have their own COVID-19 rules. Before you travel you should check the ‘Entry requirements’ section of foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through.

This will tell you if the country allows people to enter from the UK.

It should also provide advice on whether you will need to:

  • show proof of a negative COVID-19 test
  • quarantine on arrival
  • complete a passenger locator form to enter the country
  • show proof of vaccination status (plus any rules about vaccine expiry or vaccine boosters)
  • wear a face covering on your journey or on arrival

Check the ‘Entry requirements’ section of foreign travel advice for all countries you will visit or travel through.