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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).

The borough of Rochdale is in local COVID alert level: high (tier 2)

Latest government advice for the borough: on Monday, 12 October 2020 the government announced a new national tiered approach to COVID-19 restrictions.

There are 3 local COVID alert levels sometimes called 'tiers' or known as a 'local lockdown':

  • Local COVID alert level: medium (tier 1)
  • Local COVID alert level: high (tier 2) - the borough of Rochdale is currently in this category
  • Local COVID alert level (tier 3): very high

You MUST follow the alert level high measures across the borough of Rochdale. This means on top of restrictions in alert level medium, you must also follow the additional restrictions in alert level high.

Some of the measures include:

  • You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. (Indoor setting includes private homes and any indoor venue such as pubs and restaurants.)
  • You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific exemptions apply in law).
  • Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.
  • Certain businesses are required to ensure customers only consume food and drink while seated, and must close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Businesses and venues selling food for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through.
  • Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. These will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with, or for youth or disability sport.
  • You can continue to travel to venues or amenities that are open, for work or to access education, but should look to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Full details on what you can and can't do

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 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 you must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place. You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks (other than where specific  exemptions apply in law).

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

  • Exercise classes, organised outdoor sport or licensed outdoor physical activity
  • Supervised sporting activity (indoors or outdoors) for under-18s
  • Indoor organised team sports for disabled people

Guidance on meeting with others safely (social distancing)

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, places of worship, barbers, hairdressers 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 a legitimate reason not 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.


Watch video on YouTube (1min 44secs)

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

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