Published: Thursday, 21st May 2020

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

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Please help to slow down the spread of infection and follow national guidance on social distancing, self-isolation and hand washing

For further information, visit the NHS website and the GOV webpage.

Everyone (over the age of five) with symptoms now eligible for coronavirus tests

The government has announced that anyone with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), over the age of five, is now eligible to book a test.

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 (Anosmia)

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

Those unable to access the internet can call 119 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.

Bolton Council reintroduces bulky waste collection service

Residents can now have bulky waste items removed from their homes again, after the council reintroduced a collection service which was suspended due to coronavirus.

Large items such as electrical appliances and furniture can be taken away, for a small fee, using Bolton Council’s contractor Bulky Bobs.

Although local Recycling Centres have recently re-opened in Bolton, residents are not yet able to take large bulky items for disposal.

The move means people who have been storing large items at home during the crisis will now have a safe and affordable means of disposing of them.

Keep yourself and your family safe from domestic abuse

Home should be a place of safety, but measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) mean that victims and those at risk of domestic abuse may be trapped at home with abusive partners or family members.

Their children will also be affected.

Social isolation is important, but your safety is a priority.

Our domestic abuse services remain open and available for specialist help, support and advice:

You can also ring the free 24-hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline - 0808 2000 247

Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Looking after your wellbeing whilst trying to work from home is today’s theme of Mental Health Awareness Week.

It’s part of the week’s focus 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.

Appointment of Cabinet and committees

The appointment of the council’s Cabinet has taken place.

Last night’s virtual meeting of the full council has appointed members to Committees, Scrutiny Committees and Area Forums for the new municipal year 2020-21. The reports from last night’s meeting can be found here.

Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme 

The government has extended the maximum loan size available through the Coronavirus Large Business Interruption Loan Scheme from £50 million to £200 million.

Changes also mean companies receiving help through CLBILS and the Bank of England’s Coronavirus Corporate Financing Fund will be asked to agree to not pay dividends and to exercise restraint on senior pay.

Loans under the expanded scheme will be made available to large businesses affected by coronavirus from next week. Further information can be found on the government website

Third anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack

Due to coronavirus-related restrictions people are being encouraged not to gather together to mark the anniversary, or leave tributes, but to mark it online or at home.

Prayers led by Dean of Manchester Rogers Govender, which will include the names of the 22 people who lost their lives being read out, will take place at 9am and 4.30pm on Friday 22 May and be livestreamed Facebook.

During the morning service, people watching will be invited to join in by lighting a candle in remembrance.

A minute’s silence will take place at 2pm across Greater Manchester including Manchester Victoria railway station which will be broadcast on

In the evening there will be a special United We Stream event starting at 8pm which will mark the anniversary.

It will feature the Manchester Survivors’ Choir and other guests.

Update about council services

Schools and early years settings

From 1 June, more children will be returning to schools and early years settings in Bolton.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cllr David Greenhalgh and Executive Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Councillor Anne Galloway, have stressed: “Our priority is for the safety and wellbeing of our children and our whole community”.

Read the full joint statement on our website.

Heaton Fold new opening times

Heaton Fold Garden Centre is temporarily adjusting its opening times to allow staff more time to re-stock and prepare for the day ahead.

Weekday opening times will now match those at the weekend – the centre will be open 10am to 4pm (Mon-Sun).

The centre, Overdale Drive, off Chorley Old Road had been closed as part of the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and re-opened on Friday 15 May.

The first weekend opening of the council-run centre was a great success with many customers making very positive comments about the social distancing measures that had been put in place to make their visit safe.

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

Bolton can quit

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

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

For further information, see our website.

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

The UK Chief Medical Officers have provided an update about coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

All individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia (the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell).

Business suport

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.

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.

Business Bolton help

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

Partner updates

University of Bolton update

The University of Bolton has announced a detailed range of measures being implemented to ensure that all students and staff can return safely to campus in September. 

An animated video has also been produced to explain the measures to students and applicants.

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  

Thursday 21st May


Friday 22nd May 


Saturday 23rd May


Sunday 24th May


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.

For the latest updates from our partners

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust; Bolton at Home, Bolton CVS, Greater Manchester Fire Service, Transport for Greater Manchester