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. Schools and essential shops will remain open.

Coronavirus: Information and advice

To prevent the spread of coronavirus the Government is introducing a national lockdown from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December.

We are asking businesses in Oldham to support the national coronavirus guidelines and restrictions in order to protect employees and customers on your premises.

Businesses and venues which can remain open

These businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

Businesses and venues which must close

The Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close.

These include:

  • All non-essential retail such as clothing and homeware stores
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as leisure centres and gyms and swimming pools
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

Full details of the businesses and venues that must close can be found on the government website:

All businesses and venues should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers:

Risk assessment

You must carry out a Covid risk assessment in relation to measures you have in place to keep your staff safe.

All staff need to read it and ensure they comply with it:

Self isolation

If your employees are required to self-isolate, you must not allow them to continue to work in any setting.

Pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services.

In relation to alcohol sales, licensed premises may sell alcohol for consumption off the premises in one of the following ways:

  • By making deliveries in response to order received via a website, phone/text or post;
  • To a purchaser who collects food or drink that has been pre-ordered by a means mentioned above, provided the purchaser does not enter inside the premises to do so;
  • To a purchaser who collects food and drink in a vehicle, and to whom the food and drink is passed without the purchaser or any other person leaving the vehicle.

Whilst you can make off sales you must still comply your licence conditions including times of sale permitted and use the Challenge 25 rule.

Please remember that customers cannot just turn up at the door and ask for an off-sale, it must be pre-ordered for collection.

Financial support for businesses

Support is available for businesses which have had to legally close:

Face coverings

Staff must stay 2m apart and must wear face coverings.

You must remind your customers to wear face coverings.

Signs advising customers to wear face coverings must be placed in prominent positions throughout your premises.

Anyone who doesn’t abide by the regulations on face coverings and is not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations, could face a fine by the police of up to £200 (reduced to £100 if paid within 14 days) for the first offence.

Repeat offenders will have their fines doubled at each offence up to a maximum value of £6,400


If you would like a free poster, reminding people to wear face coverings while on your premises, download one here:

Business Support

We are keen to engage with all businesses in Oldham to ensure that you are aware of the full range of business support that may be available to you. 

Please contact us at: