Remember, it is much more difficult for coronavirus to spread outdoors compared to indoors. 

Please follow the latest guidance and regulations to keep each other safe: 

  • You can gather outdoors (including in private gardens) in groups of six people or with one other household
  • Outdoor sports facilities such as tennis and basketball courts, and open-air swimming pools, will also be allowed to reopen, and people will be able to take part in formally organised outdoor sports
  • You should continue to work from home where you can and minimise the number of journeys you make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes

We need you to Keep Doing Your Bit so we can keep people safe, get our economy back open, save lives and protect the NHS.

  • Keep at least two metres from people outside your household
  • Cover your mouth and nose when indoors in public places
  • Regularly wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Keep your home well ventilated by letting fresh air in

If you are feeling unwell (opens in a new tab):

  • stay at home and immediately get a test.
  • if you are contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told you have been close to someone with the virus, follow the instructions and self-isolate at home.

We know it can be difficult for some people to self-isolate but there is support available. Find out about the support available if you need to self-isolate here (opens in a new tab)

From April 12, more venues and businesses can open in England. Please follow the advice above to keep yourself and others safe. 

From Apri 12: 

  • non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

From April 9, everyone in England, including those without symptoms, will be able to take a free rapid coronavirus (COVID-19) test twice a week. Alongside vaccine rollout, regular testing is at the heart of plans to reopen society and the economy, helping to suppress and control the spread of variants. You can find out more at this link (opens in separate tab).

We are greater together

We all need to do our bit to stop coronavirus in Greater Manchester.

Do Your Bit

More information

It’s important to keep two metres apart wherever possible and if it is not, reduce the risks by taking steps such as covering your face and mouth.

Stay safe when out and about (opens in a new tab)

You need to cover your mouth and nose with a covering such as a mask, scarf or bandana at all times when indoors in public places.

Cover your nose and mouth (opens in a new tab)

If you have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19), get a test as soon as possible. Stay at home until you get the result.

Feel unwell? (opens in a new tab)

If you have symptoms you can get a test to check if you have coronavirus. You can either go to a test site near you or do a home test.

Book a free COVID test (opens in a new tab)

If you have or might have coronavirus you need to not leave your home. This helps to stop the virus spreading to other people.

Need to self-isolate? (opens in a new tab)

We know it is not always easy to self-isolate. Support is available in Greater Manchester.

Get support if self-isolating

It is important to keep yourself and everyone safe when you are outside the home by thinking about how and when you travel and following safety guidance.

Travel safely (opens in a new tab)

If you are self-isolating because of coronavirus, there are things you can do to reduce the chances of spreading any infection to the people you live with.

 Stay safe at home (opens in a new tab)

We know things may be difficult at the moment. If you find yourself feeling anxious, stressed or overwhelmed, there’s support out there for you.

Look after your mental health (opens in a new tab)

Your health is important. But being healthier isn't just about "doing the right thing" – it's about making changes to fit your life and make you feel good.

Get healthier, feel better (opens in a new tab)

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