Covid Restrictions: Quick Guide

Greater Manchester has been identified as a "high-risk" area during the Coronavirus pandemic.

We've collated the basic restrictions and rules for our area.  This is not an exhaustive list, and the full guidance can be found here.

SOCIAL DISTANCING

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 they’re 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 they’re in your support or childcare bubble.

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

 In addition to these restrictions, you are advised that you should not:

  • socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re 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.

TRANSPORT

In Oldham, you are advised that you should only use public transport for essential reasons. You are encouraged 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

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 they’re in your support bubble.

You must wear a face covering on public transport, taxis and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England (as well as other indoor premises).

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.

PUBS AND RESTAURANTS

The following businesses must close between 10pm and 5am each day:

  • restuarants
  • pubs
  • cafes
  • social clubs
  • casinos

You must wear a face covering in hospitality venues (bars, pubs, restaurants, cafes), except when eating or drinking.

The following areas are affected by local restrictions: City of Manchester, Trafford, Bury, Tameside, Rochdale, Salford, Oldham, Stockport, Wigan.  There are stricter rules in Bolton.