Published: Friday, 16th Jul 2021

Bolton residents will be asked to continue with COVID-19 precautions when using council facilities, in order to protect the essential services we all rely on.

From Monday, July 19, all legal COVID restrictions will be lifted as we enter Step 4 of the government’s roadmap.

Responsibility will shift to the choices made by individuals, businesses and organisations.

Bolton Council will retain a number of existing precautions in all public-facing council buildings such as libraries, Bolton Market and registrars.

  • Everyone will be encouraged to continue with social distancing in all council buildings
  • The use of face coverings will be strongly recommended, especially in busy areas
  • Where possible, windows will be kept open to maintain good ventilation
  • Protective screens will remain in place
  • Hand sanitising stations will still be available
  • QR “check in” facilities will remain and everyone will be encouraged to use them
  • Enhanced cleaning will still be provided for high contact surfaces and touch points

Bolton Council Leader, Cllr David Greenhalgh, said:

“Throughout the pandemic, council staff have delivered the frontline services we all rely on, and for this I am incredibly proud of our staff.

“We look forward to opening up further in the weeks and months ahead, but it is important we do this safely and responsibly in order to protect both staff and the public.

“It is important we return to ‘business as usual’ as quickly and safely as we can, but this will look a little different as we work smarter and more digitally. It is about finding the correct balance so no resident feels disenfranchised. The bottom line is that everyone for the time being must keep following safety precautions.

“Everyone in Bolton has worked hard to bring the virus under control and I am sure we will keep up the good works as we enter Step 4 of the roadmap.”