Coronavirus: National lockdown

Stay home. Only go out for food, medical reasons, exercise, education or work. Avoid travel unless essential. You must work from home if you can.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

Oldham is now under national lockdown coronavirus restrictions.

Full details of these rules can be found on the website:

Stay at home

You must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare - for those eligible


All non-essential shops must close. See the government guidance for a full list of businesses that must close during the national lockdown.

There are grants available for local businesses here

Schools, colleges and childcare

Schools, Colleges and Early Years Settings are open for all children and young people from Monday 8 March.

Regular school attendance is essential for the educational. social and personal development of children and young people.

Leisure and hospitality

Restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through and delivery services up untill 11pm.

Alcohol may only be purchased for delivery to the customer.

All gyms, leisure and sports centres must close.

Face coverings/masks

Members of staff and the public must wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place with up to 6 people and only in exceptional circumstances, for example, an urgent marriage where one of those getting married is seriously ill and not expected to recover.

Places of worship can remain open, but you must not attend with or socialise with anyone outside of your household or support or childcare bubble.

Funerals can be attended by a maximum of 30 people, whether indoors or outdoors (this number does not include funeral staff), up to 6 people can attend linked commemorative events.


If you need to travel you should stay local - meaning avoiding travelling outside of your village, town or the part of a city where you live - and look to reduce the number of journeys you make overall.

Advice for people at highest risk of coronavirus

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable, you should only go out for medical appointments, for exercise, or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

Are you struggling?


We publish weekly coronavirus data for Oldham.

Covid-19 weekly data

NHS Covid-19 app

The NHS COVID-19 app is available to download for free. It's the fastest way to see if you're at risk from coronavirus.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app 

Coronavirus advice in other languages

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