Oldham is now under national lockdown coronavirus restrictions.
Full details of these rules can be found on the gov.uk website:
National lockdown: Stay at Home (gov.uk)
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 and colleges will only be open for vulnerable children and the children of critical workers.
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.
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.
- Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals - gov.uk website
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.
- Travel - gov.uk website
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.
- Advice for shielding residents - gov.uk website
Are you struggling?
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.
Advice and support
- Home schooling
- Test and trace/ self isolation support payment
- Support and childcare bubbles
- Advice for people at highest risk of coronavirus
- Help with benefits, money and Council Tax
- Help and support for businesses and jobs
- Looking after your mental health and wellbeing
- Support, help and tips for coping with coronavirus
- Digital support/ access to computers