From 31 July 2020 new rules have been implemented in Greater Manchester and other parts of northern England to control the spread of coronavirus.

If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, you should not:

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)
  • visit someone else’s home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households. If you run such a business or organisation, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance
  • visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances

Read what you can and cannot do (opens in a new tab)

The Mayor, Greater Manchester’s 10 councils and the Greater Manchester NHS (National Health Service) are working together closely to support residents and businesses across the city region at this challenging time.

The country’s response to the outbreak is being managed by Government centrally, which has implemented emergency measures based on its understanding of the situation.

We are all being asked to continue to stay at home as much as possible.

  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance from people not in your household (two metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

As lockdown has continued to ease, more and more activities are allowed.

Read more on what is and is not allowed (opens in a new tab).

People are also reminded that from July 24 face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets.

Read more on the new guidance on social distancing (open in a new tab)

Information on getting a test for Covid-19 (opens in a new tab)

Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership - Coronavirus information (opens in a new tab)

Greater Manchester Covid-19 cases dashboard (opens in a new tab)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do (opens in a new tab)

Hand hygiene advice (opens in a new tab)

Self-isolation advice (opens in a new tab)

Guidance for the public on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (opens in a new tab)

Greater Manchester Covid-19 mental health and wellbeing resources (opens in a new tab)

Information for people affected by Dementia in relation to COVID-19 (opens in a new tab)

Advice from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

With many of us now spending more time at home, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMRFS) is urging residents to take vital steps to stay safe from fire. You can find a range of safety advice on the GMFRS website (opens in a new tab) or by following @manchesterfire on social media.