Published: Monday, 27th Jul 2020

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

Covid not gone away

Local lockdowns and intervening when there are outbreaks

Where increased local transmission of COVID-19 is identified, areas may be required to take additional measures to reduce the spread of the virus.

The Department of Health and Social Care has published draft legislation to show how government could respond to a local or regional coronavirus outbreak without returning to a national lockdown.

It sets out how ministers could use existing powers to control an outbreak if local action is insufficient.

Blackburn and Darwen is one such area where transmissions rates have increased, which has meant measures have been in put place by Blackburn with Darwen Council and the government to reduce further spread of the virus.

For example indoor gyms and swimming pool have not re-opened this weekend just gone, and guidance on working from home from August 1 is likely to remain the same.

Workplace guidance

Workplace guidance has been updated to reflect that the government's advice on going to work will change from 1 August.
From this date, employers should ensure workplaces are safe whilst also enabling working from home.

In order to keep the virus under control, it is important that people work safely. Working from home remains one way to do this.

Employers should consult with their employees to determine who, from the 1 August 2020, can come into the workplace safely taking account of a person’s use of public transport, childcare responsibilities, protected characteristics, and other individual circumstances.

Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk. 

Updated guidance for your sector can be found online

Reporting outbreaks of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Action cards have been produced which provide instructions to anyone responsible for a business or organisation about what to do in the event of one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in your organisation.

The action cards have been developed to cover a range of businesses and organisations to provide specific advice on the issues each type of organisation may face now lockdown restrictions have been eased.

If a confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred in your business or organisation, go to the reporting an outbreak resource site to find the relevant type of organisation and follow the instructions on the action card. Some organisations will need to report an outbreak with just one confirmed case of COVID-19.

The cards are designed to be printed or downloaded to keep on hand in your business or organisation.

Face covering exemptions

From last Friday (July 24), face coverings became mandatory in shops, banks and other enclosed spaces

There are exemptions for under-11s, those with disabilities and anyone with hidden health conditions such as breathing difficulties, mental health conditions or autism. 

People are not required to prove they are exempt, and it is up to individuals to choose if/how they want to communicate this to others.

Exemption cards are available, to print or display on mobile phones, for anyone who would like to have one.

Excess weight and COVID-19: insights from new evidence

Public Health England has produced the enclosed report about the relationship between excess weight and coronavirus (COVID-19).

Living with excess weight is also a risk factor for a range of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, many cancers, liver and respiratory disease. Obesity is also associated with reduced life expectancy, and lower quality of life.

Local news and updates

If you have been shielding in Bolton

If you are one of the 14,000 people who have been shielding you will have received a letter from the government.

The letter explains that the advice for people who are shielding is changing from 1 Aug 2020, and that you can visit shops and supermarkets. See the government website for advice.

The council has also either written to you or sent you a text message to say our helpline is still here to help you. Call 01204 337221 (8.30am–5.30pm, Mon to Fri & 9am–1.30pm Sat).

Face masks required in Bolton’s libraries and museums

Visitors to libraries and museums in the borough are being asked to wear face coverings from today (July 27).

Bolton Council is asking all visitors to wear one in all library and museum spaces for the added protection of staff and visitors.

Water safety campaign backed by family and friends who have lost loved ones 

Family members and friends who have lost loved ones have shared their heart-breaking stories as part of a new campaign to prevent accidental drownings in open water.

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) is leading the prevention campaign, working with four families from within and around Greater Manchester.

Mums, friends, sisters, an uncle and a step-dad - whose lives have changed forever since losing a special person - have come together to help reach out to others in an attempt to stop them ever experiencing the same heartache as them. Each one of them has taken part in a short film with GMFRS supporting the campaign to help keep people safe around open water.

Have your say about major cycling and walking schemes

Residents are invited to have their say to help shape plans for two multi-million pound major new pedestrian and cycling schemes in Bolton.

The proposed schemes for Westhoughton, and Astley Bridge and Crompton have been developed as part of the Mayor of Greater Manchester’s £160m Cycling and Walking Challenge Fund.

They would form part of the Bee Network, which aims to create the largest cycling and walking network in the UK.

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