Coronavirus update and advice

The Government has introduced a 3-tier Coronavirus set of rules for England – Medium, High and Very High. Oldham is in the Very High tier.

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The Government has introduced a 3-tier Coronavirus set of rules for England – Medium, High and Very High.

Oldham is in the Very High tier.

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

Meeting with other people

You must not meet socially indoors with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support or childcare bubble.

You cannot meet in a private garden.

You can meet up to 6 people in some outdoor public spaces, including:

  • Parks
  • Beaches
  • Countryside accessible to the public
  • Public garden
  • Grounds of a heritage site or castle
  • Sports facilities

This is called the ‘rule of 6’


You should work from home where possible.


The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

These include:

  • Indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • Casinos
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Skating rinks
  • Amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
  • Laser quests and escape rooms
  • Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
  • Snooker halls
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Hotels
  • Bed and breakfasts 
  • Campsites

Leisure and hospitality

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

Leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group indoor exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close.

There should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances.

Organised outdoor sport and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place

Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators.

Face coverings/masks

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

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies can be attended by up to 15 people, wedding receptions are not allowed

Places of worshipcan 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 15 people can attend linked commemorative events.


You can travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities.

You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.

Advice for people at highest risk of coronavirus

As well as the Tier 3: Very High Alert rules, Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people should follow additional advice to help keep safe.


This Christmas, the government is easing of social restrictions that will allow friends and loved ones to come together over the festive period.

It will mean that up to three households will be able to form a ‘Christmas bubble’ from December 23 to 27.

We are asking all families and households to think and act sensibly when considering how they will spend the Christmas period.

Coronavirus is still around and so the right precautions should still be taken – particularly when elderly and vulnerable people are involved.


We are now publishing weekly coronavirus data for Oldham.

Covid-19 weekly data

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