Act now to avoid a local lockdown

We need you to act NOW. If everyone makes these small changes we can avoid a second lockdown. Stop meeting people outside your household. Wear a mask. Stop having visitors.

Latest information and advice

We are asking businesses to support these new guidelines wherever possible to help Oldham avoid a second lockdown. 

You can support these efforts by doing all you can to protect employees and customers on your business premises and following the Government guidance on re-opening safely. 

Risk assesment

This includes carrying out a risk assessment and making sensible adjustments to the site and workforce. 

If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Oldham Council can issue an enforcement notice. 

Test and Trace

Test and Trace is designed to support business and economic recovery and we are encouraging businesses across the borough to ensure they are maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors. 

By implementing Test and Trace you can help to stop the spread of the virus, protect your staff and customers and reduce the potential for the virus to have a negative impact on your business.  

There is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in premises where customers and visitors spend a longer time close together in one place and potentially come into close contact with other people outside of their household.   

The following businesses should therefore maintain records:  

  • hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés  
  • tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks  
  • close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors   

Detailed guidance – including what information you need to collect – is on the gov.uk website:

Face coverings

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

This includes: 

  • shops and supermarkets 
  • Banks and building societies 
  • post offices 

When buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops (if dining in, customers can remove their face covering in order to eat and drink on-site) 

Anyone who doesn’t abide by the regulations – and is not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations – could face a fine by the police of up to £100, as is currently the case on public transport. 

Please encourage your customers to wear face coverings unless exempt.