Published: Friday, 29th May 2020

Daily update on Bolton Council’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

COVID track

Further guidance about Test and Trace

Further advice for employers and their staff has been published about the government’s new ‘Test and trace’ programme in England.

Employers are being asked to:

  • make their workplaces as safe as possible
  • encourage workers to heed any notifications to self-isolate and support them when in isolation

This guidance should be used in conjunction with the Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.

If you have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms you need to isolate for 7 days and book a test. Your household should isolate for 14 days.

Remember the symptoms are:

  • a new continuous cough or
  • a high temperature or
  • a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste

If you test positive then you will be asked who you have been in contact with.

Those contacts will then be told to isolate for 14 days (but the contacts’ household doesn’t need to isolate).

If you are one of these contacts and then get symptoms you should book a test. Your household will be asked to self isolate for 14 days.

If your test is positive then you will also be asked for your contacts.

Further information about how Test and Trace works can be found on the government website.

New social distancing advice

The government has announced that groups of up to six people will be able to meet outdoors in England from Monday 1 June, including in gardens and other private outdoor spaces, provided strict social distancing guidelines are followed.

The advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielded) and clinically vulnerable groups has not changed.

You can spread coronavirus (COVID-19) even if you don’t have symptoms.

If you do need to go out then remember:

  • Keep your distance from others at least 2 metres apart
  • Wash your hands, for at least 20 seconds, as much as possible and at least when you return home.

For further information follow national guidance about social distancing, self-isolation and hand washing and visit the NHS website and the GOV websites.

Safer walking, cycling and travelling in vehicles during coronavirus (COVID-19)

As more people will be returning to school and work it is important for everyone to know how they can travel safely during the current pandemic. 

This guidance provides useful for information for different modes of transport - walking, cycling, using private vehicles (for example cars and vans), and travelling by taxis and public transport (for example trains, buses, coaches and ferries).

Bowling greens remain closed pending further guidance

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that rules around public gatherings will be relaxed from Monday, the council has contacted local bowling clubs to provide an update.

Council-owned bowling greens will remain closed until written guidance from the government can be properly considered, along with the latest advice from the British Crown Green Bowling Association.

The patience of club members is greatly appreciated as the council continues to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Annual General Meeting of the Council

The proceedings of the Annual General Meeting of the Council are available to view on video.

The virtual meeting appointed members to Committees, Scrutiny Committees and Area Forums for the new municipal year 2020-21. The reports from last night’s meeting can be found here.

Update about council services

Disposing of PPE

If you are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) please dispose of them carefully and safely.

Always put used face masks and gloves in the grey bin not the recycling bin – disposable masks, gloves, wipes, tissues and other PPE can’t be recycled.

If you or someone you live with have symptoms of coronavirus:

  • Double bag your used PPE
  • Store it safely for 72 hours
  • Throw it in the bin

Protect yourself, others and our environment – don’t create litter with your masks and gloves and remember to wash your hands thoroughly.

Bolton Council reintroduces bulky waste collection service

Residents can now have bulky waste items removed from their homes again, after the council reintroduced a collection service which was suspended due to coronavirus.

Large items such as electrical appliances and furniture can be taken away, for a small fee, using Bolton Council’s contractor Bulky Bobs.

Bolton’s Humanitarian response

Support for the most vulnerable   

Please ring our helpline 01204 337221 if you do not have friends or family to support you. Further information is on our website.

Community Support

Bolton test centre open for anyone with symptoms


Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), can book an appointment for a test at the University of Bolton Stadium test site.

The expansion in testing eligibility comes after all four UK Chief Medical Officers also confirmed that anosmia has been added as a symptom of coronavirus (COVID-19). Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell and it can also affect your sense of taste.

This means you and your household should self-isolate immediately if you have:

  • a new continuous cough or
  • a high temperature or
  • a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste

To book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test fill in a form on the council’s website. Testing is available by appointment only.

Business support

Bolton businesses complying with lockdown rules

Businesses across Bolton have been praised for sticking to coronavirus lockdown rules - with none fined in the first two months of the crisis.

Bolton Council says the majority of local firms have complied with restrictions put in place to control the spread of the virus.

Coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate scheme is now live

Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave can now claim back the money.

The scheme can be accsessed online.

Re-opening of non-essential shops and retailers

This is the guidance that the government has announced about how outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to re-open from Monday 1 June

Further non-essential retail outlets including clothes, shoes, electronics and toyshops will be able to open in three weeks time from Monday 15 June, subject to risk assessments, discussions with trades unions and measures being in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers. 

Hairdressers, salons, nail bars, pubs and cafes will not be permitted to open until further notice as there is more risk of person to person transmission of infection within these environments. 

Business Bolton help

Information and support available to businesses can be found on our Business Bolton website.

Partner update

Back to school – transport update

Transport for Greater Manchester is urging parents to consider walking and cycling as travel options if their children are returning to school from June 1.

They ask that school buses and public transport are protected for those with no alternative.

To get help and advice on cycling and walking, including tips on journey planning visit

For students who must use public transport, space will be limited due to social distancing and with capacity restraints this may mean pupils won’t be able to board all services.

Household Waste and Recycle Centres: phased reopening

From Saturday (May 30), Household Waste and Recycling Centres in Greater Manchester will accept scrap metal, hardcore and rubble as part of a phased reopening.

Centres continue to accept general waste, wood, timber, carboard and garden waste (no soil).

A number of restrictions and conditions are still in place, including an odd and even number plate system to manage traffic.

Please only use the centres if it is essential and check the Recycle for Greater Manchester website for opening times and further details before visiting.

For the latest updates from our partners

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust; Bolton at Home, Bolton CVS, Greater Manchester Fire Service, Transport for Greater Manchester