From Thursday, November 5 new national restrictions are in place in England.


  • Require people to stay at home, except for specific purposes
  • Prevent gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes
  • Close certain businesses and venues

You can still leave your home for the following reasons:

  • Work and volunteering where you cannot do this from home
  • To go shopping or collect items ordered through click-and-collect or as takeaway
  • To obtain or deposit money
  • To access critical public services such as the NHS and medical treatment
  • Fulfilling legal obligations
  • For education, training and childcare. Parents can still take their children to school
  • To visit people in your support bubble, to provide informal childcare for children under 13, to provide care for vulnerable people, to provide emergency assistance
  • Exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor place
  • To get a COVID-19 test
  • To attend a place of worship for individual prayer, a funeral or a related event, visit a burial ground or remembrance garden or attend a deathbed wedding

A full list of reasons to leave home can be found on the Government website

You can exercise or meet in a public, outdoors space with one other person you do not live with. When around people you do not live with stay 2 metres apart.

You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble

You can find full guidance around the new restrictions and how to keep safe on the Government website

There is also new guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable to help them keep safe

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.