Restrictions in Greater Manchester

On 30 July, the government announced additional restrictions in Greater Manchester for all ten local authority areas. These restrictions have now been lifted in Wigan and Stockport, but are still in place for Salford.  

Why were the new restrictions introduced?

Rates of infection are rising or too high in many parts of the region and applying new measures across the whole area is the safest way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and bring down infection rates.

What are the restrictions?

The Greater Manchester restrictions are as follows:

  • You must not host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they’re in your support bubble.
  • You must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas unless they’re in your support bubble.

Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.

support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.

The police are taking action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at £100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.

People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law. See the GOV.UK website for information on what you can and cannot do as part of the local restrictions.

In line with the new rules across the whole of England, you must not meet in a group of more than six people in any location (other than specific exemptions, set out in the national guidance). However, for people who live in Salford and other parts of Greater Manchester where the restrictions are still in place, the government continues to advise that you should not:

  • socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks
  • visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances

If you operate a business or organise events within the affected areas you should take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance.

For more information on what you can and cannot do, see the north west restrictions page on the GOV.UK website.

This page was last updated on 17 September 2020

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