Published: Thursday, 22nd Apr 2021

Latest news from Bolton Council including updates on our response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Easing of COVID-19 measures

The easing of COVID-19 measures, designed to keep us all safe, continues with more restrictions expected to be lifted on May 17. 

And as more venues open and interactions between people increase, residents are being reminded to keep following precautions to keep our local rates reducing.

Find out more about what rules now apply.  

Free rapid tests available in three ways

As part of the council’s effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, we are asking people who are asymptomatic (no symptoms) to do Lateral Flow Device tests (LFD) twice a week.

Asymptomatic testing can help find people who are infectious but don’t have symptoms so they can protect other and prevent further spread by self-isolating.

There are now three ways to take part in the testing:

  • Assisted testing at an LFD test site
  • Collect test kits at a local collection point
  • By ordering home test kits online  

You can find out more about the three options here.  

Community Champions scheme picks up pace with free webinar for Bolton residents

Friday 23rd April will be the first time the public can talk to the Community Champions team and find out just what is involved in taking up one of these valuable roles.

The free webinar on Friday, from 2.30-3.30pm, will be a great opportunity for people to find out more about the scheme and what is involved, how they and their community can benefit and what training opportunities are available.

NHS advice around Ramadan and the COVID-19 vaccine

The NHS has produced a video offering reassurance for those observing Ramadan who may be concerned about getting vaccinated during their fast. 

You can watch the video here

Have your say about enhanced cycle lanes across Bolton

There’s still time to have your say to help shape travel across Bolton.

There have been modifications to some cycle lanes in Bolton on some key corridors which were identified through the successful #SafeStreetsSaveLives public consultation. During the next six months, Bolton Council is looking to implement three schemes on the following corridors:

  • A666 Bolton Road / Manchester Road (Farnworth Town Centre to Salford Boundary); 
  • B6536 / A575 Manchester Road / A6053 Bolton Road / Market Street (Bolton Town Centre to Farnworth Town Centre); and
  • A58 Moss Bank Way (Doffcocker to Astley Bridge).

The closing date for comments is Sunday, May 2 2021.