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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

View information and advice about the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Monday, 23 March 2020 the government told the nation people will only be allowed to leave their home for the following very limited purposes:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;
  • One form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household; 
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person; and
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home.

Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can't do on GOV.UK

Help reduce the spread of the coronavirus by following government guidance.

What you need to do and how to protect yourself

Latest information and advice mainly from GOV.UK and NHS.UK.

  • Coronavirus: what you need to do on GOV.UK - all the information in one place from the UK government. It includes protecting yourself and others, employment and financial support, school closures, education, childcare, information for businesses, healthcare workers and carers, and more.       

Information in other languagesthe government has provided information in other languages on social distancing for vulnerable people.

Bins, rubbish and recycling

Council Tax, benefits and money

  • Council Tax, benefits and money - if you've been affected you should make sure you claim all the benefits you're entitled to or contact us if you need further help. It also includes information on Council Tax support and more.

Businesses, employment and financial support

Local services and partners; how coronavirus is affected them

We've introduced a range of measures to help protect the public from the developing coronavirus (COVID-19)outbreak.

 See A-Z of services affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • We're  working with other public sector organisations, including local NHS services, the borough’s leisure and culture provider Link4Life, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, the voluntary sector and police, to ensure that all possible actions to help safeguard people are being taken.
  • We'll maintain statutory services and contact people if they're going to be affected but we must stop some facilities to help stop the spread of the disease, and enable us to have enough staff available to support the most vulnerable.
  • We're focussing our services on the most vulnerable groups, including people aged over 70, to develop the borough’s response to the global pandemic.

 We're asking you to:

  • Use this website to access services whenever possible.
  • Closely follow national advice about coronavirus at all times.
  • Ensure elderly relatives, friends and neighbours are aware of the latest advice.
  • Help elderly and vulnerable people in any way you can but in a way that does not spread the disease.

Handwashing advice

For the safest and most thorough handwashing method, watch this NHS video.


Watch video on YouTube (1min 44secs)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases

Due to patient confidentiality, we're unable to provide information about any cases.