Published: Monday, 18th May 2020

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

What’s New

  • New information about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms has been announced

The UK Chief Medical Officers have provided an update about coronavirus symptoms.

From today, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia.

Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

The Chief Medical Officers have been closely monitoring the emerging data and evidence about coronavirus and have recommended the new measure.

The individual’s households should also self-isolate for 14 days as per the current guidelines and the individual should stay at home for 7 days, or longer if they still have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell.

  • Travel information and advice

The government’s latest advice is that you should stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can, stay local and only travel if it is necessary.

If you do have to travel, walk, cycle or drive if you can and avoid public transport unless you have no other option – please leave it for those with no alternative.

If you have to use public transport, please help to keep yourself and others safe:

- Wear a face covering when you travel

- Keep a distance of 2 metres where possible on platforms, stops, stations and interchanges and while travelling on trams, trains and buses

- Wash or sanitise your hands regularly – including before and after you travel – and carry a hand sanitiser with you if possible

- Pay using contactless, apps or buy your tickets online if you can

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably. Government has published an online guide on wearing and making a face covering.

If you are an employer or employee about to return to a workplace which has recently reopened, TfGM has produced a factsheet with further information to support you.

For the latest updates visit the TfGM coronavirus webpage.

  • Mental Health Awareness Week (18 to 24 May)

The theme this year is kindness - a response to the coronavirus outbreak, which is having a big impact on people's mental health.

For tips on how to look after your wellbeing, look at our website and create your own Mind Plan to start taking better care of your mental wellbeing at: 

During the week Bolton Library and Museum service is also providing online activities to help people cope better with isolation.

  • Top award for council street smarts

For the third year running, Bolton Council has won a national award for its outstanding management of the street information database.

  • Homeowner ordered to demolish unauthorised extension

The council has taken enforcement action against a householder who built an unauthorised extension to his property leading to 22 complaints from nearby residents.

Update about council services

  • 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

  • Heaton Fold Garden Centre reopens

The centre has re-opened to the public with new measures in place to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.

The café and toilets will remain closed, groups not allowed, and payment is by card only.

Further information on our website.

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.

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.

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, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust