Published: Thursday, 16th Jul 2020

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

COVID open business

Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own

The government has updated the guidance about face coverings and where they should be worn.

The information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces where social distancing is not always possible. It is important to follow all the other government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) including staying safe outside your home.

In England, you must by law wear a face covering in the following settings:

You are also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces where social distancing may be difficult and where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet.

For example you should be wearing masks when visiting hospitals and GP surgeries.

Eat Out to Help Out Scheme

From 3 to 31 August, get a 50% discount when you eat in at restaurants that are registered with the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme.

The scheme is available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday between 3 and 31 August at participating restaurants.

The guidance for registering an establishment for the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme has also been updated today to include details on the registration information that is available to the public.

Businesses can find out how to register on the government website.

Temporary COVID-19 testing site to open in Bolton

Bolton residents with coronavirus symptoms will be able to get a test at a temporary drive-through site from Monday (July 20).

The pop-up facility will operate until August 21, strictly by appointment only via the online national booking system. Those who book a test will be told the location.

The site will offer up to 400 'self-swab' tests per day from 10.30am to 3.30pm, seven days a week. Appointments will be available from Sunday evening (July 19).

Publication of Outbreak Control Plan

As part of Bolton’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis we have drawn up an Outbreak Control Plan.

It sets out how Bolton will prevent and manage outbreaks of COVID-19 across the borough to enable residents and communities to live safely through the various stages of the coronavirus crisis.

This plan is to protect all of us who live and work in Bolton. 

Changes to Greater Manchester Household Waste and Recycling Centres

From Monday 13 July residents disposing of plasterboard, asbestos or using a vehicle over two metres in height can visit Household Waste and Recycling Centres.

No trade waste allowed.

Residents using a vehicle over 2m high must bring their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and provide proof of address. If you do not wear the correct PPE, you will not be able to use the site.

You must wear:

  • A hard hat
  • Safety Glasses
  • A high-visibility jacket or vest
  • Safety Gloves
  • Safety boots or shoes (steel-capped)

If you are using a hire vehicle please take your hire agreement documents with you.

Residents using a vehicle with a trailer are now also permitted. The number of times you can visit Recycling Centres in a year depends on the size of your vehicle.

Bolton projects make it to finals of the HSJ Patient Safety Awards

A scheme to support rough sleepers has made it through to the finals of this year’s HSJ Patient Safety Awards.

The project sees nurses from the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust’s outreach nursing team work with colleagues at Bolton Council, St Johns Ambulance and others to support rough sleepers and those at risk of homelessness.

Branching out: First new trees planted as council honours green pledge

Farnworth residents welcomed some new arrivals this week, the first of dozens of trees to be planted across the borough under Bolton Council’s Cleaner and Greener commitment.

The project received a grant from the Forestry Commission’s Urban Tree Challenge, which will also see trees planted in Little Lever Memorial Gardens, Queens Park and Old Station Park in Horwich.

The £25,000 grant was matched Bolton Council by Bolton Council using funds from the £1.5m set aside under the Cleaner and Greener initiative.

Skills Support for Employment – can the Workshop help you?

Bolton Council’s Workshop team is continuing to support customers virtually during these difficult times through the Skills Support for Employment programme.

Do you know someone who might need free help to gain employment and or new skills/qualifications?

We can still deliver qualifications and skills training from the comfort of your home

We are also still offering Work Placements in certain areas and within government guidelines

The Workshop also supports employers with work experience placements. Support is offered to the employer and the customer to ensure both parties benefit from the experience

The team have helped hundreds of people like Mark who is now in successful employment

“I just wanted to say thanks again for all the support, insight and knowledge you gave me to be successful in applying for my role. I’ve passed a year in post in the job, am developing my skills and confidence and have completed a qualification for health trainers" – Mark

To find out more, please contact our workshop on 01204 333209 or 01204 332963 or email

Follow us on Facebook @The Workshop Bolton or visit the website.

Bridging the Access Gap in Bolton

A new initiative to encourage more staff and volunteers, to take up sign language as an extra language and skill is now available in Bolton and surrounding areas.

Signs4Life is running this local initiative to help staff to communicate and engage with their colleagues, service users, and members of the public, who may have hearing impairments.

“There are over 9 million deaf and hard of hearing people registered in the UK," said Ms Andrea Parker, Signs4Life programme manager.

If you would like further information about the community events in Bolton and surrounding areas, please get in touch at 

Ironman UK registration has opened

Entries for Ironman UK 2021 has opened today.

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. For further information and to register visit .

Lockdown is easing but your GP and A&E are not

Please continue to phone your GP first if you have any health concerns. Please don’t just turn up!

A&E is also there to help if you have a serious injury or life-threatening condition.

Even though lockdown is easing, social distancing measures are still in place at practices and at A&E.

You also need to wear a mask to visit A&E and GP surgeries.

Our amazing children could be the making of your family

Adoption Now is looking for adopters to provide a child or children a loving, caring, secure forever home.

During this difficult time, it is still open virtually running the adoption process and to approve adopters.

If you’re considering adoption or need further information about adoption, the team would love to speak to you.

Go to or call 01204 336096 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm).

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