Published: Friday, 15th May 2020

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

What’s New

New mayor ready to help Bolton “rise to the challenge”

Bolton’s new mayor is looking forward to celebrating the achievements of residents and helping the community rise to the challenges in the months to come.

Cllr Linda Thomas was formally appointed as Bolton’s First Citizen at a virtual meeting of the council’s constitutional panel today (May15).

She takes on the role from Cllr Hilary Fairclough, who will now perform the duties of deputy mayor.

Planning for pupil returns

The Department for Education (DfE) has issued a planning guide to help more pupils return to primary schools.

On Sunday, the Prime Minister announced plans for phased return of some children to school from the start of June. The new guide should be read along with the planning framework and can be used as a starting point for schools to develop their own plans.

Bolton Council is working with headteachers and unions to develop an approach to ensure more staff and children return to school safely over the coming weeks.

June 1 is an indicative date and schools will make decisions in discussion with their governing bodies and in consultation with parents.

As always, the council is putting the safety of staff and children first.

Safe Streets, Save Lives campaign

The council is promoting the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign to support social distancing and encourage more walking and cycling as we gradually come out of lockdown.

To have your say on safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists, please visit the Safer Streets website.

“Incredibly proud to be working with partners across Bolton to be making a difference”

These are unprecedented times and the Bolton Family has pulled together to help those affected by the coronavirus.

This powerful video gives a flavour of how Bolton’s public, private and voluntary sectors are working together #hereforyouBolton

Bolton’s Humanitarian response

Support for the most vulnerable   

Please ring our helpline 01204 337221 if you do not have friends or family to support you. Further information is on our website.

Community Support

New guidelines on taking part in outdoor sports and recreation

Following recent government announcements you are now able to go outside more than once a day to rest or for exercise purposes following social distancing guidelines.

This can be alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household while keeping 2 metres apart at all times.

A set of new guidance has been published on how people can safely travel to and participate in outdoor sports and recreation for their health and wellbeing. 

However the advice for clinically vulnerable groups, such as people aged 70 and over or with medical conditions, remains the same – to stay at home as much as possible and, if you do go out, take particular care to minimise contact with others outside your household.

If you are you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, or living in a household with a possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection the guidance is that you should remain at and exercise at home.

High Sheriff launches awards for pandemic kindness

Ordinary people doing extraordinary things during the pandemic are to be honoured by The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.

Nominations are now open and nomination forms are available by emailing:

Business support

Trade Credit Insurance

The government will temporarily guarantee business-to-business transactions currently supported by Trade Credit Insurance, ensuring the majority of insurance coverage will be maintained across the market.

This will support supply chains and help businesses to trade with confidence as they can trust that they will be protected if a customer defaults on payment.

Applications for Self- Employment Income Support Scheme open

Self-employed individuals or members of partnerships whose business has been affected by coronavirus can now apply for the government’s Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

Tech fund to help pupils learn from home

A new fund will help the most vulnerable children in Greater Manchester access the technology they need to learn from home.

The scheme has been set up by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) which will work with schools and colleges to identify those in most need.

Businesses able to support young people can contact the GMCA Digital Team at

Business Bolton help

Information and support available to businesses can be found on our Business Bolton website.

Partner update

For the latest updates from our partners

Bolton at Home, Bolton CVS, Greater Manchester Fire Service, Transport for Greater Manchester