An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Greater Manchester. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.
Affected local areas
- Greater Manchester:
- City of Manchester
There is separate guidance to cover Bolton, where additional restrictions apply.
Local restrictions were lifted in Stockport on 2 September and Wigan on 26 August. They align to the national restrictions with the rest of the country.
Business and venue closures and restrictions
The following businesses and venues must remain closed nationally, including in the affected areas:
- nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
- sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars
Social contact restrictions
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 areas unless theyre in your support 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.
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.
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 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.
As of 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 the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks
- 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 the affected areas 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 the areas affected.
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 do not 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
- face away from each other
- 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
In the affected local area in Oldham, we advise that you should only use public transport for essential reasons. 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 reasons include:
- 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
- to travel to and from the homes of others in your support bubble
- to attend an early years setting, school or college, or to accompany a child who is attending an early years setting, school or college, where necessary
- to fulfil legal obligations
- to seek medical care, or avoid illness, injury or harm
You can travel outside your area. However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of your area, unless theyre in your support bubble.
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.
If you are clinically extremely vulnerable we are not currently advising that you need to shield, however it is important that you continue to take precautions. Find out more from the general guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.
Team sport and physical activity
You can continue to take part in organised sporting or licensed physical activity in groups of more than 6. This can be in any public plac