Published: Thursday, 26th Mar 2020

Find out how local services in Bolton have changed due to COVID-19 and what it means for you.

Customer services

  • One Stop Shop closed
  • You can access a number of our services online
  • Contact us if urgent on 01204 333333


  • All Albert Halls shows cancelled (no bookings for weddings being taken the rest of the year)
  • All libraries across the borough are closed
  • All Bolton Community Leisure Trust operated leisure centres are closed

Waste and cleansing services

  • Waste collections will continue as usual but grey bins, green bins and food containers are being prioritised
  • Leave recycling bins out as usual - they will be emptied where possible
  • Public litter bin collections have been temporarily suspended
  • All Greater Manchester Waste recycling centres are closed

Bolton Market

  • Stalls selling food are open as normal until further notice
  • Customers are being reminded to observe social distancing guidance via signs and public announcements every 15 minutes

Parks and greenspaces

  • Parks are open strictly for usage in line with government rules
  • Park car parks are closed
  • All play areas, multi-use games areas, outdoor exercise equipment, courts are closed
  • Town centre skatepark closed
  • Bowling greens are closed

Registration services

  • British citizenship ceremonies – suspended for three months
  • We will register births if there is an urgent need to do so, for example if a benefit claim needs to be made
  • We are working with the Local Resilience Forum to put provisions in place to register all births
  • Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies – all cancelled and marriage registrations have stopped
  • Deaths can be registered with the council as normal
  • Funerals at the crematorium will be limited to a maximum of ten guests.


  • Counter facilities have closed
  • Private hire and hackney carriage vehicle drivers whose licences are expiring before the 30 June need to complete an online form and once verified the licence can be extend to 30 September 2020
  • E-mail or call 01204 336584 and choose option 1

Services for adults and children

  • Respite services for adults and younger people are closed
  • Start Well Centres - Harvey Centre is open for midwifery clinics and childcare; Tonge SWC, Farnworth SWC and Oxford  SWC only open for midwifery clinics and by appointment only
  • Older Adults, Learning Disability and Mental Health Day Care services are not operating
  • Youth and Play services are not available
  • Schools are open for essential key workers’ children and vulnerable children