COVID-19 new updates

The Prime Minister announced on 21st February 2022 an end to COVID-19 restrictions in England to take place over the coming weeks and the government has published the national plan ‘Covid-19 Response: Living with Covid-19’.  

The pandemic is not over yet and the national expert advisory group (SAGE) is clear there is still considerable uncertainty.

Overall case numbers have continued to fall in Bolton although they are not yet low.

It is important to continue to reduce the risk of spread and be prepared to respond to future surges.

The current government guidance on safe behaviours remains in place. We can all reduce the risk of catching and passing on COVID-19 by:

  • Getting vaccinated;
  • Letting fresh air in if meeting indoors, or meeting outside
  • Wearing a face covering in crowded and enclosed spaces, especially where you come into contact with people you do not usually meet, when rates of transmission are high;
  • Trying to stay at home if you are unwell;
  • Taking a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms, and staying at home and avoiding contact with other people if you test positive; and
  • Washing your hands and following advice to ‘Catch it, Bin it, Kill it’.

You can read more on the government's website.

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.

With the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, young people are now able to enjoy more freedom in their education.

If your child develops COVID-19 symptoms they should not attend any education setting and they should take a PCR test.

In line with national guidance, 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 have a positive test or are unwell, and taking up the offer of a vaccination or booster dose when eligible.

Vaccinations

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 https://www.boltonccg.nhs.uk/patient-zone/coronavirus

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

Testing - lateral flow tests for people without symptoms

Bolton Council's testing hub located at Bolton Arena and Victoria Plaza are now closed. 

However, you can collect LFD test kits from any of our Community Collect Sites.

https://www.bolton.gov.uk/downloads/file/4202/home-test-collection-sites

If you have symptoms or test positive

The legal requirement to self-isolate ended on the 24th February.  This has been replace by stay at home guidance for anyone who develops Covid-19 symptoms or tests positive.

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

 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 COVID-19 Response Hub provide guidance, practical help and the delivery of essential items to those who require support to stay at home.

Anyone who does not have a support network of family and friends, can call the helpline on 01204 337221 (Mon-Fri 8.30am – 5.30pm and Sat 9am-1.30pm).

Travel

A travel system is in place that includes a classification system involving a red list and the rest of the world.

Read more about travelling abroad from England.

Read more on travelling to England from another country.