Published: Tuesday, 19th May 2020

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

What’s New

Everyone in the United Kingdom with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

Everyone with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms can now get a test.

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible to book a test.

The expansion in testing eligibility comes after all 4 UK Chief Medical Officers confirmed that anosmia has been added as a symptom of coronavirus (COVID-19). Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell, and it can also affect your sense of taste.

This means people should self-isolate immediately if they have:

  • a new, continuous cough
  • a high temperature, or
  • a loss of or change in their normal sense of smell or taste

To book a test please click on this link and fill in this form

Those unable to access the internet can call 119 in England and Wales or 0300 303 2713 in Scotland and Northern Ireland to book a test.

All members of their household must also self-isolate according to current guidelines, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.

Positive conversations and helping others – Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

This year in GM we are focusing on kindness, with the week running from 18 - 24 May.

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

For hints and tips for having positive conversations and helping others see our website.

Check your vehicle number plate before you visit a recycling centre

To help manage traffic, residents are being reminded that an odd and even number plate system is in place.

This means you can only visit Raikes Lane and Salford Road centres on certain days depending on the last number on your vehicle number plate.

Check the Recycle For Greater Manchester website before you go to see whether it’s an odd or an even day, and for details of other restrictions in place.

Opening hours: Raikes Lane is open 8am to 6pm each day, Salford Road is only open weekends (Saturday: 8am to 6pm, Sunday: 10am to 4pm).

This week’s timetable:


Vehicle number plates  

Tuesday 19th May


Wednesday 20th May


Thursday 21st May


Friday 22nd May 


Saturday 23rd May


Sunday 24th May


Bolton can quit

Bolton has launched the ‘Bolton Can Quit’ stop-smoking campaign to encourage people to #QuitForCovi

The campaign aims to help smokers to quit during the current coronavirus pandemic and supports Greater Manchester’s ‘You Can’ stop smoking campaign.

For more information, see our website.

Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme

The Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme will repay employers the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) paid to current or former employees.

The repayment will cover up to two weeks starting from the first qualifying day of sickness, if an employee is unable to work because they either:

  • Have coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms;
  • Cannot work because they are self-isolating because someone they live with has symptoms; or
  • Are shielding and have a letter from the NHS or a GP telling them to stay at home for at least 12 weeks.

Future Fund update

Eligibility details for the Future Fund, which was set up to provide government loans to UK-based companies has been updated. 

Loans will range from £125,000 to £5 million, subject to at least equal match funding from private investors.

Please note that applications for the Fund will open on Wednesday 20 May 2020.

Latest travel 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.

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • Only travel if necessary – work from home and stay local if you can.
  • Protect public transport for those with no alternative – do not use it unless you have to.
  • If you need to travel, walk, cycle or drive if you can.
  • If you have to use public transport wear a face covering, keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment.

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.

Join mass sing-a-long from your doorstep

Civic leaders are asking local people to take to their doorsteps and open their windows for 'Together In One Voice' - a mass sing-a-long.

On 28 May at 7.30pm, residents in Bolton and across the region can join in one of the largest community led choirs in the world, which also be broadcast live on YouTube.

Fancy being filmed on the night? Nominate your streets at or by emailing

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.

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