The new measures will be in place for four weeks, and will be reviewed on Wednesday, December 2.

Under the new restrictions:

  • You should stay at home, except for specific purposes such as work, essential shopping and exercise
  • Do not meet indoors with anybody unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble
  • Hospitality venues, non-essential retailers and certain other businesses will be closed


  • Schools, colleges, and the university remain open
  • Household waste and recycle centres will be open with additional precautions
  • Libraries will remain open for order and collect services, and essential computer usage
  • Places of worship remain open for individual prayer 
  • Bolton Market remains open with essential goods and food stalls open from 9am, each Fri, Sat, Tues & Thurs

Please remember:

  • Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds
  • Wear a face covering when required
  • Maintain social distance of 2 metres

Stay at home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except for specific purposes. These include:

  • Work and volunteering

You can leave home for work purposes, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where you cannot do this from home.

  • Essential activities

You can leave home to buy things at shops which are open, for instance for food and medicine, or to collect any items - including food or drink - ordered through click-and-collect or as a takeaway, to obtain or deposit money, or to access critical public services (see section below).

  • Fulfilling legal obligations

You may also leave home to fulfil legal obligations, or to carry out activities related to buying, selling, letting or renting a property.

  • Education and childcare

You can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition), training, registered childcare and children’s activities that are necessary to allow parents/carers to work, seek work, or undertake education or training. Parents can still take their children to school, and people can continue existing arrangements for contact between parents and children where they live apart.

  • Meeting others and care

You can leave home to visit people in your support bubble, or to provide informal childcare for children 13 and under as part of a childcare bubble, to provide care for vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance, attend a support group (of up to 15 people), or receive respite care. People can also exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place (see section 3).

  • Medical reasons, harm and compassionate visits

You can leave home for any medical reason, including to get a COVID-19 test, appointments and emergencies, to visit someone who is giving birth or dying, to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm (such as domestic abuse), to visit someone in a care home (if permitted under care home guidance), hospice, hospital, to accompany them to a medical appointment, or to go to the vets (or other animal welfare services).

  • Events

You can leave home to attend a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event for someone who has died, to visit a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a deathbed wedding. A full list of what is allowed can be found in the regulations.

Further information

If you have a question or would like further information please email