Published: Monday, 20th Jul 2020

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

COVID June Bolton

National updates

The government has set out the next stage of its coronavirus (Covid-19) recovery strategy, and published its Contain Framework, setting out how local authorities and national government will work together to manage local outbreaks. 

From last Saturday (18 July), councils have new powers to close specific premises, shut public outdoor spaces, and cancel events.

The guidance about  the closure of certain businesses and venues has been updated to reflect the further easing of restrictions to allow more businesses and venues to reopen from 25 July and 1 August.

Local news and updates

The council and our partners are working hard to support you all during the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

During June together we have:

  • 4505 food parcels (65.58 tons of food) delivered with the help of 255 foodbank volunteers
  • 6000 people supported
  • £3.45m grants paid to 317 businesses
  • 9900 school meals provided
  • 1.1 million bins emptied

… and much more.

Despite the easing of some lockdown measures the virus has not gone away. The council and our partner remain here for you to provide you with the support you need.

More mourners allowed to attend funerals in Bolton

The council has increased the number of mourners allowed to attend a funeral, as part of an easing of lockdown measures.

It follows revised guidance from the government.

Up to 26 people will be able to attend funerals in Overdale Crematorium’s larger West Chapel. Numbers will be restricted to 16 mourners in the smaller East Chapel. The seating plans in the chapels have been designed to make sure that social distancing can be maintained.

Up to 30 mourners will be able to attend burials at any of Bolton's seven council-run cemeteries.

Those attending funerals are still asked to maintain social distancing when attending a service - to keep 2m apart - except from people in their own household or those with whom they have formed a support bubble.

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.

Dr Helen Lowey, Director of Public Heath for Bolton Council speaks here about the plan.

It sets out how Bolton will prevent and manage outbreaks of the virus 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.

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 today, 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).

Remembering those who have passed away

An online book of remembrance  has opened to everyone who has lost their lives due to coronavirus (COVID-19) during the pandemic.

Name our street cleaning machines!

We need your help! Meet the ‘Gluttons’ – our new green, litter-guzzling street cleaning machines!

But what shall we name them? Send your suggestions to by 31 July.

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