Coronavirus (COVID-19) - get the latest government advice
We all need to play our part in stopping coronavirus.
In recent weeks, our lives have started to return to something more like normal.
Lockdown restrictions have gradually eased. Our workplaces, transport, shops, schools and places of worship are safely reopening.
But the risks of coronavirus are not over.
And the numbers of people getting infected have started to rise again in some areas.
We have therefore agreed with the government it is right to introduce some new measures to bring down the rate of new infections.
Now more than ever, we all need to continue to do our bit by acting responsibly and following the guidelines.
Brighter days will come. We need to get there together.
Staying safe together
Greater Manchester prides itself on looking out for each other.
We now need to be true to this by joining together and keeping the health of others in mind at all times.
Continuing to follow the guidance is vital for keeping ourselves, our friends and our families as safe as possible. By doing so, we will keep protecting our communities and our NHS.
Keep Safe has produced easy read information on coronavirus.
Doctors of the World and the British Red Cross have versions of the Government’s written advice in many languages.
Videos in languages other than English are also available.
Play your part
The government has announced some changes to the way we can live our lives in Greater Manchester.
These will be reviewed on a regular basis. But for now:
- you should not visit people you don't with live in their homes or gardens, or have them round to yours
- you should not visit them in their homes or gardens even if they live outside of Greater Manchester
- if living on your own or as a single parent with a child aged under 18, you can continue to meet with one other household in your support bubble
you should not socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions
- you may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but you should avoid mixing with other people indoors
- you can continue to meet other people in public outdoor spaces - including outdoor seating or beer gardens. But you should keep to groups of no more than 6 people, or 2 households
- you should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances
The more people you mix with, the more chance the virus has to spread
Therefore, try to limit the number of people you see - especially over short periods of time.
And when you are out and about, you should continue to:
- keep a safe distance from people you do not live with or who are not in your 'support bubble' - this still means 2 metres apart where possible
- wash your hands regularly
- not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
Further information on what you should and shouldn't do are available on the government website.
If you are ‘extremely vulnerable’ or ‘shielding’
You may have been contacted by your GP, hospital clinician or through a letter advising you to protect yourself by 'shielding'.
From Saturday 1 August, you are no longer advised to shield:
- you can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues
- you can return to work if your workplace is Covid-secure but should carry on working from home wherever possible.
- you should maintain social distancing wherever possible and adopt other measures to keep yourself safe, such as regular hand washing
Further information is available on the government website.
You can also access easy read information on 'shielding' from Keep Safe.
Support if you need it
The government-provided food boxes and medicine deliveries have now stopped.
However, there are a number of ways you can still access support:
- supermarkets and other retailers continue to offer priority delivery slots for the clinically extremely vulnerable. You can also use telephone ordering and food boxes.
- NHS Volunteer Responders can provide support with food, prescriptions and essential items to those who are self-isolating for any reason. You can contact them by calling 0808 196 3646 or by going visiting the Royal Voluntary Service website
- Greater Manchester’s local community hubs provide support for anyone who does not have any other way of getting food and medical supplies
NHS test and trace
Order a test and do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
A high temperature, a new, continuous cough or change / loss to your sense of taste or smell are the main symptoms of coronavirus.
As soon as you develop these symptoms:
- you must self-isolate for at least 10 days
- anyone else in your household must self-isolate for 14 days
This means staying at home. Do not go outside your home for any reason - i.e. to work, school, or public areas. Do not use public transport or taxis.
You should order a test immediately:
- at nhs.uk/coronavirus
- by calling 119 if you have no internet access
If your test is positive:
- you and people in your household must complete the remainder of your self-isolation periods
- the NHS test and trace service will contact you with instructions on how to share details of people with whom you have had close, recent contact and places you have visited
By playing your part through these actions, you will directly help to reduce the spread of coronavirus. This means we will return life more to normal, in a way that is safe and protects our NHS and social care.
Further information is available on the NHS test and trace guidance web page.
Easy read information on 'what if you get ill?' and 'how to get a test' is available from Keep Safe.
Safely Reopening Greater Manchester
Our city region-wide campaign is helping all of our employers and employees get the information they need to work and travel safely.
You can find out more by visiting the 'Reopening' section of this website.
If you are a business or employer, you can jump straight to the latest information by visiting the Growth Company Business Growth Hub.
For the latest news on how we're safely reopening our transport, visit Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) Safely Reopening Greater Manchester webpage.