Published: Thursday, 25th Jun 2020

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

COVID keep rate down

Staying safe

The Prime Minister has announced that certain lockdown measures will be eased from July 4. However, it remains critical that everyone continues to follow official guidance to limit the spread of the virus.

  • Keep 2 metres from people not in your household. From July 4, the government recommend that you keep 2 metres away from people, but where this is not possible 1 metre plus with mitigations such as face masks.
  • Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face. Bolton’s Infection Prevention and Control team have made a video guide to hand hygiene
  • Do not leave home if you, or anyone in your household, has symptoms
  • Work from home if possible
  • Avoid public transport if you can. If you do have to use public transport, maintain social distancing and wear a face covering

Changes from July 4

Among the changes, groups from two different households will be allowed to meet indoors while socially distancing and many businesses and venues can reopen with precautions in place.

A comprehensive list of FAQs clarifies what will be permitted from July 4 and which restrictions will remain in place.

New guidance on shielding

The government has announced a series of phased changes in the guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people who have been shielding since the beginning of lockdown.

From July 6, you will no longer need to maintain social distancing from members of your own household. You may meet outdoors in a group of six people from different households, while maintaining social distancing. You can also form a support bubble in line with the guidance for single adult households.

From August 1, shielding will be paused. You may return to work if you cannot work from home, children can return to school and you can go outside for exercise, food shopping or worship.

People who are shielding remain vulnerable and should continue to observe strict social distancing and take all necessary precautions.

Local news and updates

£1.25m boost for town centres

A £1.25m package of measures to support businesses across the borough has been unveiled, including free weekday parking in Bolton town centre.

All district town centres and Bolton town centre will benefit from the fund, as Bolton Council backs businesses re-opening following the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Parents can register births again after lockdown restrictions lifted

New parents can now register the birth of their child again in Bolton as lockdown restrictions due to coronavirus have eased.

The service is strictly by appointment only. Parents need to call the council’s Register Office on 01204 331185 to book an appointment.

Parents will be given a 20-minute slot and sent an email explaining the process and setting out which documents they must bring with them.

Household waste recycling centres

From Saturday 27th June, all household waste recycling centres across Greater Manchester will be open 7 days a week.

From Monday 29th June, you will be able to visit in a transit van (under 2 metres high) to bring your household waste. No trailers are allowed. 

You will be able to take most items for recycling to your local recycling centre. For the full list of what you can take, please visit the Recycle for Greater Manchester website.

Salford Road Recycling Centre, Bolton, BL5 1DG will be open Monday to Saturday 8am – 6pm, Sunday 8am – 4pm

Hurstwood Court Recycling Centre, Raikes Lane, Bolton, BL3 2NH will be open Monday to Sunday, 8pm – 6pm.

Please note when attending Hurstwood Court that queues are likely. Please try to visit Salford Road where possible to minimise this.

Young Person’s Taskforce

The Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has launched a Young Person’s Taskforce, in response to the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on young people.

The first event will be livestreamed this evening at 6pm on the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s Facebook page.

For the latest updates

Bolton Council

Business Bolton

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton at Home

Bolton CVS

Greater Manchester Fire Service

Transport for Greater Manchester