Published: Monday, 13th Jul 2020

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

COVID open business

Guidance about the return of outdoor sport and recreation in England

The government has published guidance about how team sports can restart safely.

From 11 July, you will be able to play team sport in any number if this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation and sports-governing body guidance has been issued. Team sports that do not have approved guidance should not be played.

You can also play non-team sports, such as tennis, with people from outside of your household (or support bubble) but you should socially distance wherever possible. Any equipment that is used should be cleaned frequently. Cleaning should be particularly thorough if equipment is to be used by someone else.

Individuals you can claim for who are not employees

The government has updated its guidance about the furlough scheme and for whom businesses can claim.

They can claim a grant for individuals who are not employees, as long as they’re paid via PAYE. These include office holders such as company directors and agency workers.

Further information is available on the government website.

Close contact services

All close contact businesses can open from today (13 July) with some restrictions.

The government has issued guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.

Green Homes Grant – be aware of scam calls

We have been made aware of reports of scam telephone calls from bogus companies advising homeowners that they are eligible for a Green Homes Grant. 

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced last week that families could receive vouchers for energy-saving changes such as a new boiler.  

The scheme is not due to start until September and homeowners will have to apply for a grant, meaning any calls related to the government announcement will be a scam.  

If you receive such a call, please hang up and do not give the caller any personal details. 

Report any scam calls to Bolton Care and Repair on 01204 328178 or 328177.

Privacy notice for maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace

This privacy notice describes how the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) will process personal data from venues and establishments to support contact tracing.

Fake news warning about COVID-19 cases at Royal Bolton Hospital

We are aware that a false report is circulating on social media about the number of COVID-19 patients at Royal Bolton Hospital.

The information contained in this report is false and should be ignored.

A joint statement has been issued by the chief executives of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, the Clinical Commissioning Group and the council.

Stadium prepares for summer of Live Drive-In shows

The University of Bolton Stadium is preparing to host the first Utilita Live From The Drive-In shows at the end of this month.

Bolton Wanderers Chairman Sharon Brittan has thanked Bolton Council and partners for their support.

IRONMAN UK registration to open

Entries for IRONMAN UK 2021 will open this Thursday (July 16) at 1pm.

The triathlon – made up of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a marathon - will take place in and around Bolton on July 4, 2021.

The borough has proudly hosted Ironman since 2009. Unfortunately, this year’s event could not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bolton Museum will reopen tomorrow

The museum reopens tomorrow (July 14) and we’re looking forward to welcoming you back.

Opening hours 9am to 5pm Tue to Fri and 10am to 4pm Saturday.

Explore all the galleries, including the acclaimed Bolton’s Egypt gallery. Precautions will be in place to keep everyone safe.

Festival of hope

Blazing a trail for young people with Bolton’s Festival of Hope.

Bolton’s Library and Museums Service wants to hear from young people who have a story to share about a meaningful event that has happened in their life and how this brought them hope.

Planning permission granted for redevelopment of Crompton Place

Outline planning permission has been granted for the £250m redevelopment of the Crompton Place Shopping Centre.

Remembering the victims of coronavirus

An online memorial book, has been created, to remember all those from Greater Manchester, who have sadly died of coronavirus.  

As well as the website, there will be an online interfaith service at Manchester Cathedral, from 11am on Thursday 16 July. Watch it live through the cathedral’s Facebook page.

The memorial website will be launched at the service and GMCA is asking for memories about careworkers who have passed away from the virus.

If you can assist with this, email with the following information: 

  • Full Name of person
  • Date of Birth (optional)
  • Date of Death
  • Relationship
  • Please let us know if they were a care worker
  • Memory (what you’d like to say about the person)
  • Borough associated with the person (this won’t appear on the memory published on the website but will allow people to search the website for those who have died in a specific borough)
  • Image of person (we ask that you please provide a single image of your loved one without anyone else in the picture)

For the latest updates


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Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

Bolton at Home

Bolton CVS

Greater Manchester Fire Service

Transport for Greater Manchester