Published: Thursday, 26th Nov 2020

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

COVID 26.11.20New national measures

The government has today announced that Bolton, along with the rest of Greater Manchester, will be in Tier 3 (Very High Alert level) when the current national restrictions ends.

The new tier system will come into force on Wednesday, 2 December.

What are the rules in Tier 3?

  • Household mixing banned indoors and in certain outdoor areas such as private gardens (unless they are in your support bubble)
  • Rule of six applies in outdoor public spaces like parks
  • Non-essential retail, hairdressers and beauty salons can reopen
  • Gyms can reopen but group exercise activities should not take place indoors. Some exceptions apply for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport for under-18s
  • Classes and organised adult sports can take place outdoors
  • Pubs, restaurants, bars and cafes are closed unless for delivery, takeaway, click and collect, or drive-through
  • Indoor entertainment venues such as play centres, casinos, bowling alleys, cinemas, snooker halls and theatres are closed
  • Hotels and other accommodation also have to close
  • Places of worship remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support bubble
  • Large events should not take place, drive-in events permitted
  • Weddings and funerals can go ahead – 15 can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions not allowed, and 30 can attend funeral ceremonies
  • Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary

The government will undertake the first review of the tier system by 16 December.

UK-wide Christmas arrangements

The government has announced arrangements to enable people to meet other households in a safe way during Christmas.

Few days left to apply for Bolton’s Festive Fund

Grants of up to £200 are still available so community groups can thank their members and volunteers for all their hard work this year.

Deadline for applications is Monday, November 30 – fill in the simple application form online.

Crackdown on businesses breaking lockdown rules

A gym, a shisha bar and a sports facility in Bolton have been fined after failing to comply with lockdown rules.

Work of housing team highly commended in national awards

The council and Royal Bolton Hospital have been commended for their work with homeless people.

Laughing gas and illegal tobacco seized in raids

Officers from Trading Standards and Greater Manchester Police have seized thousands of illegal cigarettes and laughing gas canisters in a crackdown across Bolton.

Updated waste and recycling guidance

Our waste and recycling guidance has been updated with further advice for households with symptoms or positive cases of coronavirus.

Community advisors needed for Census 2021

The census happens every 10 years – it counts every person and household in England and Wales and helps to plan and fund public services,

To help do this, the Office for National Statistics is recruiting Community Advisors to engage with specific communities. Contract hours are 25 per week, pay rates range from £13.01 to £16.93, and deadline for applying is December 3.

For the latest updates

Bolton Council

Business Bolton

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton at Home

Bolton CVS

Greater Manchester Fire Service

Transport for Greater Manchester