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 businesses and venues must not open in Bolton:
- indoor skating rinks
- bowling alleys
- indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- exhibition halls and conference centres for external attendees
We advise that the following activity should not reopen or restart in Bolton:
Hospitality venues must only provide take away food and drinks or delivery services 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 except to deliver food, or provide drive-thrus, but take-away is not permitted:
- hospitality 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
- 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
Local authorities or the police can take action against businesses and venues who commit such offences.
Businesses and venues can be fined: * 1,000 for the first offence* 2,000 for the second offence, * 3,000 for the third offence * and then 10,000 for the fourth and all subsequent offences.
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.
Across England, unless you have an exemption, you must wear a face covering in a range of indoor premises. This now includes hospitality venues (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when eating or drinking.
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 or childcare bubble
- meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside the affected local areas, unless theyre in your support or childcare bubble
Your household is defined as the people you live with and any support or childcare bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
A childcare bubble is where someone in one household can provide informal (i.e. unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household. This must occur on an exclusive basis – always the same two households.
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 and informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble
- 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
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 200 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.
People aged 18 or over can be fined:
- 200 for the first offence, lowered to 100 if paid within 14 days
- 400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 6,400
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.
From Monday 14 September, when meeting friends and family you do not live with (or have formed a support bubble with) you must not meet in a group of more than 6. Further detail can be found in the guidance for meeting others safely, including associated exemptions.
If you live in the affected local area, you must not meet or host people you do not live with in private homes or gardens unless they are in your support bubble. In addition to these restrictions, we advise that you should not:
- socialise with people you do not live with, unless theyre in your support bubble, in any public venue. 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 will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. Some people do not have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.
We advise that you should only travel for essential reasons when travelling into, within and out of Bolton. We encourage you to walk or cycle where possible and to plan your journey in advance, avoiding busy times and routes if possible. Examples of essential travel include: