Coronavirus update and advice

NHS advice

See the latest NHS advice and guidance on coronavirus.

Bolton restrictions

The Government has ordered the introduction of strict new measures in Bolton after a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases. These apply across the the whole of the borough.

  • all hospitality for food and drink is restricted to takeaway only
  • late-night restriction of operating hours, meaning venues will be required to close between 10pm and 5am
  • socialising with people you do not live with - anywhere indoors our outdoors - is banned and will be enforceable by law. This does not apply to support bubbles.
  • face coverings must be worn on public transport and failure to do so could result in a fine

You can read more about the announcement on the website.

For more information on what these new restrictions mean, consult Bolton Council's FAQs page.

Advice for the clinically extremely vulnerable

The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated. From August 1, you are no longer advised to shield and you can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues. You can return to work if your workplace is Covid-secure but should carry on working from home wherever possible.

You should maintain social distancing wherever possible and adopt other measures to keep yourself safe, such as regular hand washing. Read more about how to keep yourself safe.

Wellbeing and mental health

Feeling down, lonely, frustrated, anxious or worried are normal reactions at the moment.

You might feel concerned about your finances, your health, relationships or relatives.

This guide to mental health and wellbeing during coronavirus has been created for people in Bolton is full of lots of useful advice to support yourself and others:

Public Health England has put together an easy-read guide to looking after your mind and body during this difficult time.

Similar guides are available for social distancing, staying at home and shielding.

Translated information on social distancing is also available.

Free online support for mental health and wellbeing is available to all Greater Manchester residents from SilverCloud.

Online counselling and emotional well-being support for children and young people aged 11 to 25 in Bolton is available from Kooth.


If you are struggling because you need to stay at home and have no family or friends to support you with shopping or other help please contact Bolton Council on 01204 337221.


Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust has created an animation and fact sheet to help children understand what coronavirus is, the importance of hand washing and how to stop the virus spreading.

Get the facts

The GOV.UK WhatsApp Coronavirus Information Service has been launched to combat the spread of misinformation. To use the service, simply add +44 7860 064422 to your contacts and send a WhatsApp message saying “Hi”.

Bolton Council provides regular updates on how its services are adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Remember to:

  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards


  • touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

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