Published: Thursday, 31st Dec 2020

Bolton Council will continue to provide valuable public services, with some changes to keep everyone safe in accordance with the national lockdown restrictions.

On January 4, the government announced a national lockdown for England in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Under the regulations, residents are asked to stay at home unless absolutely necessary.

Libraries, Bolton Museum and other venues:

Libraries across Bolton will continue to offer an order and collect service, essential computer use, and the Home Library Service will run as normal.

Unfortunately, browsing and study space will not be available.

In line with lockdown restrictions, the Museum, Museum Shop, Historic Halls, History Centre and Aquarium will all be closed.

Bolton Market and Heaton Fold Garden Centre

In line with lockdown regulations, non-essential retailers as well as hair and beauty services in the Lifestyle Hall and Outdoor Market will close.

Essential traders will operate as normal including those providing food and produce, hardware, mobile phone services, watch repairs, plants and flowers, pet supplies, chiropody and the mobility shop.

Cafés and food stalls can continue to provide a takeaway service.

The public toilets at Bolton Market will also remain open.

As an essential retailer, Heaton Fold Garden Centre will remain open as normal.


The maximum number of mourners for a funeral service at Overdale Crematorium is 26 in the West Chapel and 16 in the East Chapel.

A maximum of 30 mourners can attend a burial service.

Weddings are restricted to six people and should only take place in exceptional circumstances.

Anyone working at a ceremony does not count towards the overall limit.

Household waste and recycling centres:

Household waste and recycling centres will remain open as usual, but residents are asked to only use them if absolutely necessary.

There has been an increased demand and the public are advised that individual centres may close for short periods to ease congestion.