An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Blackburn, Oldham and Pendle. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.
Restrictions apply to the specified areas below.
Affected local areas
- Oldham (whole area)
- Pendle (whole area subject to wider restrictions, but the following parts have additional restrictions):
- Clover Hill
- Blackburn with Darwen (areas affected):
- Audley & Queens Park
- Bastwell & Daisyfield
- Billinge & Beardwood
- Blackburn Central
- Little Harwood & Whitebirk
- Roe Lee
- Shear Brow & Corporation Park
- Wensley Fold
- From the 26 August, the following parts of Blackburn with Darwen will have their local restrictions lifted. They will align with the rest of the country and the restrictions outlined on this page will no longer apply. Until then they are treated as part of the affected areas:Blackburn South & Lower Darwen
- Blackburn South East
- Darwen East
- Darwen South
- Darwen West
- Livesey with Pleasington
- Mill Hill & Moorgate
- West Pennine
Business and venue closures
The following settings alongside the existing business closures must not open in any of the affected areas outlined on this page:
- skating rinks
- bowling alleys
- indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- exhibition centres and conference halls
We advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart for all areas covered by this page:
- indoor performances (even with a social distanced audience)
- close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
In Blackburn with Darwen (as per the areas affected above), the following must also remain closed:
- indoor gyms
- indoor fitness and dance studios
- indoor sports courts and facilities
- indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks
If you live in these areas, you can still visit any open premises, but should avoid socialising with people you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with).
Social contact restrictions
You should socially distance from people who are not in your household. Your household is only the people you live with, or people within your support bubble. A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with any other household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:
- host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless theyre in your support bubble
- meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected area, unless theyre in your support bubble
You should not:
- visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances
The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 100. People aged 18 or over can be fined:
- 100 for the first offence, lowered to 50 if paid within 14 days
- 200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 3,200
In the specific areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle with additional restrictions, you should not:
- socialise with people you do not live within indoor public venues such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions
- socialise with people you do not live within other outdoor public venues such as parks
People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes, set out in law:
- where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
- to attend a birth at the mothers request
- to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
- to fulfil a legal obligation
- for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services (see guidance on working safely in other peoples homes)
- for the purposes of education or training
- for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
- to provide emergency assistance
- to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
- to facilitate a house move
- to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
- to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.
If you operate a business or organise events within the affected areas you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or social bubble for all areas affected.
You should not travel outside of your area to meet people other than those in your support bubble, in their homes or gardens, or indoor public places.
You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). There is separate guidance on what to do if you have booked holiday accommodation in an area with local restrictions.
In the areas listed above with additional restrictions (all of Oldham and parts of Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle), you should only use public transport for essential reasons. For example:
- to get to and from work
- to get essential food or medical supplies including click and collect services
- to support someone who is vulnerable, if no-one else can do so
- for exercise, locally where possible
- to travel to and from others in your support bubble
- to attend a nursery, school or college, or to accompany a child who is attending a nursery, school or college, where necessary and allowed
You should follow relevant passenger guidance. You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. Some people dont have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons.
Weddings and funerals
As in the rest of the country, you should limit your social contact to smaller groups (two households, or up to six people from more than two households outdoors). However, gatherings of up to 30 people are permitted for weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, and funerals.
However, in the areas listed above with additional restrictions (all of Oldham and parts of Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle), a maximum of 20 people should attend these events. This should be limited to close family of the people getting married or the person who has died, or people who live(d) or formed a support bubble with them. A close friend can attend a funeral only if there are no household members or immediate families.
Wedding celebrations should not take place in any of the affected areas unless they are limited to people who live together (or are in the same support bubble), or a group of up to 6 people outdoors.
People living outside of these areas can travel to these areas to attend a wedding, civil partnership or funeral, but they should not meet with another household in a private home or garden.
Testing (for schools and further education colleagues)
The local authorities for the affected areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and the specified areas of Pendle will be undertaking enhanced testing for schools and further education colleges across areas with a high prevalence of COVID-19.
Going to work
People living inside and outside of these areas can continue to travel in and out for work. Workplaces must implement COVID-19 secure guidance.
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