Published: Thursday, 23rd Jul 2020

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

COVID-19 keep apartCoronavirus FAQ about what the public can and can’t do

Lockdown may be easing as certain sectors and activities have been able to restart.

But life hasn’t returned to normal. There are still things that you can and can’t do.

You don’t have to stay at home anymore, but when you leave your home, you should follow the guidelines on staying safe outside your home. The more people you have contact with, the greater the chance the virus has to spread.

To help contain the spread of the virus you can:

  • meet indoors with only two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub;
  • socialise outdoors in a group of up to six people from different households;
  • only meet outdoors in groups larger than six if everyone is only from two households or support bubbles;
  • only socialise with the group you have gone with to a place such as a restaurant, community centre or place of worship;
  • stay overnight away from your home with one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)

Businesses and venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines can host larger groups provided they comply with the law. 

It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe. If the virus continues to spread we all face a return to tougher measures.

Wear a face coverings to protect others

From Friday 24 July, the you need to wear a face covering in all shops in England to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (Covid-19).

The measure is designed to protect yourself and other people – the wearing of a face covering may reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets and wearing a mask helps to protect others.

It means that shops, transport, pharmacies and hospitals all require you to wear a face covering

Everyone is also strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in other enclosed public spaces. If you find yourself in a place where social distancing may be difficult or a place where you come into contact with people you do not normally meet - you should wear a facemask to protect each other.

Please remember to wash your hands before and after touching your face covering and please dispose of your mask responsibly or wash it after each use if it’s re-usable. 

There are exemptions for certain conditions. You can apply for a transport exemption card with TfGM.

Visiting care homes during coronavirus

The government has issued new guidance to the managers of care homes.

Visits will only be allowed under certain circumstances. Care home providers will need to look at visiting arrangements for specific individual needs and continue to take the health protection of the whole care home as their main objective.

Those wishing to visit should speak to the care home before a planned visit.

Analysis of coronavirus data on new website

Data about coronavirus (COVID-19) for the borough is now available on a new, dedicated webpage

It will provide improved access to the range of local analyses about COVID-19, along with access to postcode data to view cases and deaths in smaller areas, a weekly note summarising COVID in Bolton, along with links to the national guidance.

Leisure centres

Leisure centres are able to re-open from this Saturday (25 July) but please check with your individual leisure centre if they have the measures in place to do so.

Information about Bolton Community Leisure Centres can be found can be found on the website.

Hearth and home: Mantelpiece exhibition gets pride of place

Bolton Museum’s new exhibition will have visitors feeling right at home.

‘Mantelpiece Observations’, opening September 12, is inspired by the household objects of 1930s Britain.

Renowned artist Richard Slee has created a series of objects and installations based on Mass Observation’s 1937 Mantelpiece Reports.

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