Coronavirus: Local restrictions

Coronavirus rates in Oldham remain high. Additional restrictions are now in force. Do not socialise with anyone who does not live in your house, avoid using public transport, wear a face covering.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

New Coronavirus restrictions have now been introduced across England. Local restrictions also remain in place here in Oldham.

We need everyone to follow the guidance outlined; to stop the spread, stay safe and save lives:

Meeting other people

You should not socialise with anyone who does not live in your house (unless they are part of your support bubble).

The rule of six applies to all households in England. You must not meet in a group of more than 6, indoors or outdoors. This is against the law and the police will have the powers to enforce these legal limits, including to issue fines (fixed penalty notices) of £200, doubling for further breaches up to a maximum of £6,400. (People can still come inside your home or garden for access arrangements where children do not live in the same household as both their parents).


When visiting shops, on public transport, in taxis or in other enclosed or crowded spaces you should wear a face covering. If you do not, you could face a £200 fine.

If you work in retail or hospitality, you must now wear a face covering at work.

Transport and work

You must avoid using public transport, except for essential travel

If you are able to work from home you should continue to do so

Events and ceremonies

Wedding ceremonies and receptions, and civil partnerships, are now limited to 15 people. These people should be household members and close family only.

No more than 20 people can attend a funeral.

Shops, leisure and hospitality

All pubs, bars and restaurants must close by 10pm and must operate table service only.

Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, bingo halls, adventure parks and activities must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.

Shielding residents

We are advising any residents who have recently shielded to continue taking extra care now that the shielding process has formally ended in Oldham.


Informal sports activity is not permitted, where this involves meeting people from outside your household. You can play a team sport only where this is formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, and sports-governing body guidance has been issued.

People should not gather to watch, grassroots sport and related organised activities in an amateur setting

We’re urging residents to continue to take the risk of Coronavirus seriously and to comply with the current guidelines.

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We are now publishing weekly coronavirus data for Oldham.

Covid-19 weekly data

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