COVID restrictions 2021

Salford is in an area where the new COVID-19 variant is spreading 8 June 2021

This new variant is sometimes referred to as the Delta variant.

The new COVID-19 variant spreads more easily from person to person. To help stop the spread, you should take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble.

Wherever possible, you should try to:

  • meet outside rather than inside where possible
  • keep two metres apart from people that you don’t live with unless they are in your support bubble
  • minimise travel in and out of the area

You should also:

  • Get a rapid tested twice a week and isolate if you are positive
  • Get a PCR test if you are unwell
  • Continue to work from home if you can
  • Take up a vaccine when you are offered it, and encourage others to do so as well

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

Get more information on what you can and cannot do

Rules from 17 May

This is a summary, for detailed information see GOV.UK.

Currently rates are rising in areas of Greater Manchester as a new variant has been identified – you are asked to show caution around changes and stay safe. There may be additional local advice on continued use of face coverings in schools and restricting visitors in care homes for a period of time.

You should continue to work from home if you can. You will no longer be asked to minimise travel within the UK but asked to plan your journey in advance.

You should get a test and follow the stay at home guidance if you feel unwell.

  • Outdoor gathering limits will be increased to 30 people
  • You will be able to meet six people or two households indoors (each household can include a support bubble).
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen – following COVID safety measures
  • When meeting friends or family it is now your own responsibility to make decisions on personal close contact but you are asked to show caution to help keep you and your loved ones safe. Remember that the risks of close contact may be greater for some people than others.
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be able to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be limited according to venue type, and attendees should follow the venue’s COVID-secure measures.
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). The organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to six or two households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing.
  • Limits at weddings, wakes and other commemorative events will be increased to 30 people. Other significant life events, such as bar/bat mitzvahs and christenings, will also be able to take place with 30 people.
  • The rules for care home residents visiting out and receiving visitors will change, allowing up to five named visitors (two at any one time), provided visitors test negative for COVID-19.
  • Support groups and parent and child group gathering limits will increase to 30 people (not including under 5s)
  • There will no longer be a legal restriction or permitted reason required to travel internationally. There will be a traffic light system for international travel.

Keeping yourself and others safe

Social distancing is still very important. You should stay two metres apart from anyone who is not in your household or support bubble where possible, or one metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings) if you cannot stay two metres apart.

This applies whether or not you have been vaccinated.

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in many indoor settings, such as shops and places of worship, and on public transport, unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse. This is the law. 

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you could be at higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus.

It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where it is difficult to maintain social distancing.

Asymptomatic testing

Rapid lateral flow testing is now available free to anybody without symptoms. You can get your tests from pharmacies, testing sites, employers, schools, colleges and universities.

Testing twice a week will help make sure you don’t have COVID-19, reducing the risk to those around you.

If you feel unwell you should get a PCR test.

Step 1 - 8 March

Step 2 - COVID-19 roadmap

Step 2 - COVID-19 roadmap

Step 4 - COVID-19 roadmap

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Step 1

8 March

  • Schools and colleges are open for all students. Practical Higher Education Courses
  • Stay at home
  • Recreation or exercise outdoors with household or one other person
  • No household mixing indoors
  • Wraparound childcare
  • Funerals (30), wakes and weddings (6)

29 March

  • Rule of six or two households outdoors
  • No household mixing indoors
  • Outdoor sport and leisure facilities
  • Organised outdoor sport allowed (children and adults)
  • Minimise travel
  • No holidays
  • Outdoor parent and child groups (up to 15 parents)

Step 2

At least five weeks after Step 1, no earlier than 12 April.

  • Indoor leisure (including gyms) open for use individually or within household groups
  • Rules of six or two households indoors
  • No household mixing indoors
  • Outdoor attractions, such as zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Personal care premises
  • All retail
  • Outdoor hospitality
  • All children’s activities, indoor parent and child groups (up to 15 parents)
  • Domestic overnight stays (household only)
  • Self-contained accommodation (household only)
  • Funerals (30), wakes, weddings, receptions (15)
  • Minimise travel
  • No international holidays
  • Event pilot begins

Step 3

At least five weeks after Step 2, no earlier than 17 May.

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions
  • 30 person limit outdoors
  • Rule of six or two households indoors (subject to review)
  • Domestic overnight stays
  • Organised indoor adult sport
  • Most significant life events (30)
  • Remaining outdoor entertainment (including performances)
  • Remaining accommodation
  • Some large events (except for pilots) – capacity limits apply
    • Indoor events: 1,000 or 50%
    • Outdoor other events: 4,000 or 50%
    • Outdoor seated events: 10,000 or 25%
  • International travel – subject to review.

Step 4

At least five weeks after Step 3, no earlier than 21 June. By Step 4, the government hopes to be able to introduce the following (subject to review):

  • No legal limits on social contact
  • Nightclubs
  • Larger events
  • No legal limit on life events

This page was last updated on 8 June 2021

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