Published: Monday, 8th Jun 2020

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

Stay at home and social distancing

Even though restrictions are being lifted in certain areas the advice remains to stay at home as much as possible, social distance if you do need to go out, and to wash your hands as much as possible.

Bolton Council’s Director of Public Health, Dr Helen Lowey, said: “We continue to face real risks from coronavirus and it is vital that people continue to follow the latest government advice and guidelines.

“We need your help to reduce transmission – please keep to the social distancing rules, keep practising good hand hygiene and stay at home as much as you can.

“If you take part in outdoor activities please remember to stick to social distancing and wear a face covering if you use public transport.

“If you have symptoms of coronavirus, please book a test and self-isolate to help prevent the further spread of infections.

“We need everyone to do their bit to help slow the spread of the virus.”

Self-isolate when you travel to the UK

If you arrive in the UK on or after 8 June 2020, you will not be allowed to leave the place where you are staying for the first 14 days that you are in the UK (known as ‘self-isolating’).

This is because it can take up to 14 days for coronavirus symptoms to appear.

Before you travel, you should provide your journey, contact details and the address where you will self-isolate. You will be able to complete the public health passenger locator form 48 hours before you arrive. You must present these details on your arrival in England.

You will need to do these things if you arrive on or after 8 June 2020.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises against all but essential travel and you should not travel if you have the symptoms of coronavirus.

How to wear and make a cloth face covering

Face coverings will become compulsory on public transport in England from 15 June.

Exemptions to the rule include young children, people with disabilities and those with breathing difficulties.

Find out how to make a face covering.

NHS Test and Trace service

Test and trace 2020

The NHS Test and Trace service will email, phone and text people who have been in close contact with confirmed coronavirus cases.

The team will call from: 0300 013 5000 or send a text from ‘NHS’.

Unpaid carers are the unsung heroes of COVID-19 pandemic

To mark Carers Week 2020 (June 8-14), those who provide unpaid care to a loved one are being urged to make themselves known and to access the wide range of support available.

While can be very rewarding, there are also times when it is physically and mentally exhausting.

On top of the normal challenges faced by unpaid carers, Coronavirus has brought additional concerns around shielding, difficulty shopping for essentials, using PPE and more.

Information on all the help and support available can be found online via our Carers information and services webpage.

Carers can contact the Bolton Carers Support 24/7 confidential helpline on 01204 363056.

Singing support for all the people of Bolton

Thank you to all the people of Bolton for showing such support to each other during this time.

Members of Bolton Music Service have produced a song to all the volunteers, frontline workers, home schoolers and good neighbours who make Bolton, Shine Like A Rainbow.

The Bolton Family

The next edition of the ‘Supporting the Bolton Family’ magazine is now available.

500 days to the Rugby League World Cup

The country that Bolton is hosting in the RLWC2021 is to be announced on June 10.

The announcement, which heralds 500 Days to go to the start of the RLWC2021 will confirm the team training base and host country for Bolton, plus the new RLWC2021 tournament branding.

Bolton is hosting two matches at the University of Bolton Stadium in the Rugby League World Cup in Autumn 2021, including an England group game and a Men’s Quarter Final Match.

The tournament schedule will then be announced in July with ticket pricing and pre-sale activity in August and September with tickets on sale to the public in October.

It’s a huge opportunity to showcase the best of Bolton internationally and how all our business organisations and local communities are amazing and are coming together to take the game to its heart.

Bolton Council and the RLWC2021 are planning a series of activities to engage with the community and to celebrate on June 10.

Keep an eye on #RLWC2021Bolton on social media and enjoy the activities, including in our libraries and museum.

For the latest updates

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