Coronavirus – these web pages are regularly updated

Live with it safely

COVID rates are increasing in Salford and across the country. Temporary measures have been put in place to respond to the Omicron variant to slow its arrival and spread.

  • Face coverings are now a legal requirement in shops and on public transport. This is the law.
  • Those who have come into contact with an individual who may have been infected with the Omicron variant will need to self-isolate. This will apply even if you are fully-vaccinated or aged 18 or under. This is the law.
  • International arrivals from non-red list countries who are fully vaccinated will need to isolate at home and take a PCR test on or before day two following your arrival. You are only permitted to leave isolation if this test result is negative. If your test result is positive, you will need to isolate for ten days. This is the law.

These measures will be reviewed by the government before Christmas.

Key protections remain in place:

  • Free testing is available for people who feel unwell and regular rapid testing for people to protect themselves and others
  • Self-isolating is required for people who test positive for COVID-19, are a close contact if they are not fully vaccinated or exempt or have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive with the Omicron variant
  • The vaccination programme is available for anyone who has not yet had a first or second COVID vaccination or is now ready for a booster jab
  • We continue to encourage the use of the NHS COVID-19 app as well as the NHS App which can connect to your vaccine record

The guidance for individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated for autumn.

We also strongly recommend using face coverings in all enclosed public places where it is not mandatory.


We are asking you to do this to show the Spirit of Salford, to protect others. 


The virus is airborne so keeping your home ventilated is important especially when you have visitors. Opening windows regularly for a short time can reduce transmission.

We’re taking a cautious approach on council buildings and our own venues and whilst we’re welcoming the public back and capacity will increase, it will only be to safe levels for the venue and where ventilation is fully in place. We ask for your full support in these measures which are to keep our workforce and public visitors safe. Please follow signage and requests from our employees. 

We will keep these extra precautions under review and relax them when it is safe to do so.

Our key advice is to:

  • wear a face covering where it is required and where recommended
  • wash your hands frequently
  • meet outside rather than inside where possible and avoided crowded places
  • ventilate your home and open the windows in shared spaces
  • frequently clean surfaces and areas that are regularly touched 
  • get your COVID vaccination and follow up boosters when called - the vaccine reduces the risk of serious illness and death as well reducing the spread of the virus.

And help reduce COVID rates by:

  • get a PCR test if you are unwell and stay at home
  • take up regular rapid tests
  • self-isolate if positive and required to
  • use the NHS COVID pass   

If you need to self-isolate due to coronavirus support may be available.

Coronavirus level in Salford

Information about the number of cases, including where the cases are in Salford:


Coronavirus level in Salford


Further information about recorded coronavirus cases in Salford can be found on the GOV.UK website.

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