Bolton, along with the rest of Greater Manchester, has been placed into the ‘Very High’ alert level.

This means extra restrictions are in place to prevent the spread of the virus:

  • Pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open if they operate as a restaurant - serving substantial meals (like a main lunchtime or evening meal). They can only serve alcohol as part of the meal
  • Wedding receptions will not be permitted, although services can go ahead with a limit of 15 people
  • People should avoid travelling outside their local area, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education, accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities
  • People from Bolton should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK and visitors from elsewhere should avoid staying overnight in Bolton

In addition:

  • You must not socialise with anybody in any indoor setting unless you live with them or they are part of your support bubble or childcare bubble. This includes private homes and indoors in hospitality venues, such as pubs.
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as parks, allotments, or the countryside


  • Schools, colleges, and the university remain open
  • Places of worship remain open but with no household mixing 

Please remember:

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

You can report illegal gatherings to Greater Manchester Police and any business breaches to Bolton Council’s Environmental Health team.

The measures for Bolton, introduced on 23 October, will be reviewed monthly. If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email us.