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COVID-19: latest guidance on protecting yourself

View information and advice about protecting yourself including what you can and can't do during the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Latest government advice for the borough of Rochdale

Government measures applicable across the borough

  • You must not host or meet people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they're in your support bubble. Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.
  • You should not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they're in your support bubble, in any public venue.
  • Customers must wear a face covering by law in certain indoor settings, unless exempt. Examples of indoor settings include shops, in hospitality venues except when seated at a table to eat or drink, taxis and on public transport. 
  • Where possible, you should maintain 2 metres between people.
  • You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble.
  • You can travel outside of the borough of Rochdale. However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the borough of Rochdale, unless they're in your support bubble.

More details on what you can and can't do - north of England, local restrictions on GOV.UK

Testing children and isolation from school

Find out what to do if your child has COVID-19 symptoms, tests positive, has to self-isolate and more.

The rule of  6

In line with the new rules across the whole of England, you must not meet in a group of more than 6 people in any location (other than specific exemptions, set out in the national guidance).

This rule is being enforced by the police with fines for those who don’t comply - what the police is doing and details of fines.

If you live in the borough of Rochdale the government advises that you should not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they're in your support bubble, in any public venue. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks

The government has confirmed that organised sports, fitness and leisure activities that have been through COVID-secure protocols can continue, as can organised outdoor sports and physical activity events. The rule of 6 means that people should not arrive at these venues socially in groups of more than 6.

For some sport and leisure activities, there are exceptions where groups can be larger than 6 people:

Face coverings

Wear face coverings in shops and all public places, as much as possible. Government rules mean customers must wear a face covering in several indoor settings. This includes shops, public transport, taxis, takeaways, banks, post offices, hair salons, barbers, places of worship and libraries or you could face a fine. This is to help curb the spread of the virus.

This does not apply to children under the age of 3, is optional for children under the age of 11 and not mandatory for people with a disability or certain health conditions that makes it difficult for them to wear one.

To safely wear a face covering:

  • Wash or sanitise your hands before you put it on and after you remove it
  • Make sure it covers your nose and mouth
  • Try to avoid touching it while you're wearing it
  • If it becomes damp, change it and try to store it in a plastic bag until you can wash or dispose of it
  • Change or wash it daily
  • Wash you hands for at least 20 seconds with soap after handling it
  • View full government guidance on wearing face coverings 

Information and advice mainly from GOV.UK and NHS.UK

There are several information sources covering a range of different topics. You may need to use more than one of these websites to help keep you stay safer. 

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

Report a business or individual possibly breaking COVID-19 rules

Find out how to report either a business or an individual possibly breaking coronavirus measures.

NHS Test and Trace

Find out about the test and trace service, including what happens if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) or have had close contact with someone who has tested positive. There's also information about how to apply for a test.

Handwashing advice

For the safest and most thorough handwashing method, watch this NHS video. Hand washing still plays a key role in protecting yourself and others. Wash your hands regularly, use soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser and make sure you store hand sanitiser safely out of reach of children.


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The government's plan to rebuild the UK

The plan describes the progress so far and plans for moving forward. It will be kept under constant review. 

Local helpline for coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you’re a vulnerable resident or know of a vulnerable resident that requires food supplies, or any other help and support please contact us.

Stay up-to-date with COVID-19 information and advice

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