An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in Bolton. The government and the relevant local authorities are working together to control the spread of the virus.
Restrictions and guidance apply to the specified areas below.
Affected local areas
- Bolton (Metropolitan Borough Council)
Business and venue closures and restrictions
The following business and venue closures must not open in Bolton:
- skating rinks
- bowling alleys
- indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- exhibition centres and conference halls for external attendees
We advise that the following settings and activities should not reopen or restart in Bolton:
- indoor performances
- close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
Hospitality venues must only provide take away food and drinks to customers. Hospitality venues include:
- restaurants, including hotel dining rooms and members clubs
- cafes including workplace canteens (not including cafes or canteens at hospitals, care homes, schools, prisons, establishments intended for the use of naval, military or air force purposes and for providing food or drink to the homeless)
- bars including bars in hotels or members clubs
The following businesses and venues must close from 10pm to 5am each day:
- venues listed above (now only operating as takeaways)
- bingo halls
- concert halls
- museums and galleries
- betting shops
- nail bars and salons, hair salons and barbers
- tanning booths and salons
- spas and beauty salons
- massage parlours
- tattoo and piercing parlours
- bowling alleys
- amusement arcades or other indoor leisure centres or facilities
- funfairs (indoors or outdoors), theme parks and adventure parks and activities
- social clubs
- aquariums and zoos, including safari parks
- indoor attractions at visitor attractions
The local authority in Bolton and national regulators, including the Health and Safety Executive, will be undertaking stronger enforcement to ensure workplaces are COVID-19 secure and that the required businesses and venues close from 10pm to 5am each day.
Social contact restrictions
If you live in Bolton, 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 Bolton, unless theyre in your support bubble
- gather in outdoor public spaces, such as parks, in groups larger than 6 people
Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household (on an exclusive basis). Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
The police are able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.
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
The government has also introduced fines for those who hold illegal gatherings of over 30 people. Holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, and Police may issue fines of 10,000 to those who break the law.
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 (see guidance on working safely in other peoples homes), or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services
- 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.
From Monday 14 September, while you should continue to follow the rules in this guidance within private homes and gardens, you will also need to comply with the new national restrictions that prohibit meeting up in a group of more than 6 people in other locations (apart from specific exemptions listed in the national guidance).
However, regardless of the change in the national restrictions, for people who live in Bolton, we advise that you should not:
- socialise with people you do not live with, unless theyre in your support bubble, in indoor public venues. This applies to inside and outside of Bolton. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions.
- visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances
If you operate a business or organise events within Bolton you should take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
You should follow all relevant transport guidance when making a journey into, within or out of Bolton.
You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England (as well as in a range of other indoor premises). 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 age, health, or disability reasons.
You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to, try to:
- share the car with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people at any one time
- open windows for ventilation
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering
- See more guidance on car sharing and travelling with people outside your household group.
You should only use public transport for essential reasons. For example: