England has moved into Step 4 of the Roadmap.

This guidance is now in place.

While cases are high and rising, everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious. This is why we are keeping in place key protections:

  • testing when you have symptoms and targeted asymptomatic testing in education, high risk workplaces and to help people manage their personal risk.
  • isolating when positive or when contacted by NHS Test and Trace.
  • border quarantine: for all arriving from red list countries and for those people not fully vaccinated arriving from amber list countries.
  • cautious guidance for individuals, businesses and the vulnerable whilst prevalence is high including:
    • whilst Government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, Government would expect and recommend a gradual return over the summer
    • Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport;
    • being outside or letting fresh air in
    • minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.
    • encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high risk settings. The Government will work with organisations where people are likely to be in close proximity to others outside their household to encourage the use of this. If sufficient measures are not taken to limit infection, the Government will consider mandating certification in certain venues at a later date.

You can read more on the government's website.

Support and guidance

For more information on COVID-19 in Bolton visit our coronavirus support pages.


Testing people to see if they have COVID-19 is really important. It allows us to identify people who have the virus and stop them from spreading it to others.

There are two types of test - for those with symptoms and those without symptoms.

Read our testing FAQs.


If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild. You should self-isolate at home while you book the test and wait for the results. You must self-isolate if you test positive. Your isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day your test was taken if you do not have symptoms), and the next 10 full days. This is the law.

You must also self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, for example if you have come into contact with someone who has tested positive. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.

You may be eligible for a self-isolatoin support payment.

Read our self-isolation FAQs.

Support for the vulnerable

The changes at Step 4 also apply to the clinically extremely vulnerable. However, we continue to advise the most vulnerable to think about extra steps they may wish to take to protect themselves.

There is additional guidance for those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable (CEV) who may be at greater risk from the virus.

The guidance sets out additional precautions CEV residents may consider taking, including:

  • Meet friends and family outdoors or in a well-ventilated space
  • Make sure you and your adult contacts are fully vaccinated
  • Wait 21 days after your second vaccine before meeting others
  • Ask others to wait 14 days after their second dose before meeting
  • Continue to work from home where possible
  • Speak to your child’s school about additional precautions for CEV pupils

Anyone worried, or feeling unsafe, about the end of legal restrictions can contact Bolton Council’s Humanitarian Support Hub for advice and support.

The hub was set up at the beginning of the pandemic and continues to provide guidance, practical help and the delivery of essential items to those who still require support.

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).

Hands. Face. Space. Ventilate.

Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and could be spreading it without realising it.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.Ventilate’

  • hands – wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds
  • face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet
  • space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings).
  • opening windows and doors at home is the simplest way of improving ventilation for most people.

Financial support

Wherever you live, you may be able to get financial help: