Update on Bolton Council’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Staying safe outside your home
It’s important to continue to keep safe:
- Keep your distance from people outside your household
- Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
- Work from home if you can
- Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household
- Reduce the number of people you spend time with in a work setting
- Avoid crowds
- If you have to travel (for example, to work or school), think about how and when you travel
- Wash your clothes regularly
- Keep indoor places well ventilated
- Face coverings
- When at work, follow the advice given to you by your employer
Safer travel guidance for passengers
From today (Monday 15 June) it is the law that you must wear a face covering when travelling in England on a:
- bus or coach
- train or tram
- ferry or hovercraft or other vessel
- cable car
If you do not wear a face covering you will be breaking the law and could be fined £100, or £50 if you pay the fine within 14 days.
A face covering is a covering of any type which covers your nose and mouth.
Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job.
Guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
Guidance for households with grandparents, parents and children living together where someone is at increased risk or has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
Testing is free
Testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is free at the University of Bolton Stadium and other testing sites. You will never be asked for your bank account details from an official testing site.
Scam Council Tax emails
Don’t get caught out by a scam email that pretends to offer a council tax discount during this time.
The email, pretending to be from the government, asks people to log in to a website to apply for the reduction by giving their personal details. Any official communication from the council will not ask you to do this.
Webinars for schools and early years settings
The council has delivered a series of webinars for local school headteachers and governors as they start to plan for the wider opening of educational settings to more pupils.
The webinars have presented the latest national and local datasets about coronavirus (COVID-19); information to schools about undertaking setting based risk assessments; guidance about Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and specialist infection prevention control advice from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
Two bespoke webinars on early years settings and considerations for Black and Asian minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have also been delivered.
A briefing pack on the latest data and government guidance on coronavirus is also issued to schools on a weekly basis. Education leaders have also had the opportunity to take part in questions and answer sessions to support them in their decision making around when the re-opening of school establishments can take place in a safe and timely manner.
Safe use of places of worship
Guidance has been published to assist places of worship to open for limited permitted activities.
Places of worship will be permitted to open for:
- funerals, in line with restrictions on those who can attend as per Regulation 7(2)(b)
- to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or as part of a radio or television broadcast
- to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services, including the provision of food banks or other support for the homeless or vulnerable people, blood donation sessions, or support in an emergency
- for early years childcare provided by a person registered on the Early Years Register under Part 3 of the Childcare Act 2006
- to open for individual prayer - to pray on their own and not as part of a group, led prayer or communal act.
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme update
From 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked.
When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.
Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published and can be found online.
Citizens Advice Out Of Hours Emergency Helpline
Citizens Advice Greater Manchester has an Out Of Hours Helpline available.
Residents in Greater Manchester can call Monday to Sunday from 7pm to 10pm on 0161 850 5053 (calls charged at local rates) to get advice about debt, benefits, housing and employment and access to a wide range of GM specialist support services.
People can chat online to an advisor by visiting the website.
Bolton outdoor market and Lifestyle Hall reopens tomorrow
Bolton Market’s outdoor areas and the indoor Lifestyle Hall will reopen to the public tomorrow (June 16) with a comprehensive range of measures to help people to maintain social distancing.
The market’s food halls have remained open throughout lockdown, in line with government guidelines.
Mirroring the success of the measures put in place for the food halls, similar social distancing strategies will also be implemented for the outdoor areas and Lifestyle Hall.
Crompton Place Shopping Centre
The Crompton Place Shopping Centre, alongside other town centre retailers, has re-opened today.
A range of measures are in place to provide a safe environment for shoppers and staff and retailers to work in.
Rainbow flower display pays tribute to NHS and key workers
A rainbow display of flowers has been planted in Bolton’s Queen’s Park to thank NHS staff, carers and key workers for their bravery and dedication during the coronavirus crisis.
Thousands of begonias will flower all summer in the park as a tribute to key workers in the health and social care sectors.
Survey from The Dogs Trust
The Dogs Trust has launched a major survey among the nation’s dog owners to find out how they and their dogs have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
For the latest updates