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

You can find advice and support for self-isolating safely via this link. 

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

Please follow the current guidance until May 17 when some of the rules change. However, many restrictions will remain in place: 

You should continue to work from home if you can. When travelling within the UK, you should aim to do so safely and plan your journey in advance.

  • Gathering limits will be eased. Outdoor gatherings will be limited to 30 people and indoor gatherings will be limited to 6 people or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible).
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open with COVID-secure measures in place.
  • People will be able to attend indoor and outdoor events, including live performances, sporting events and business events. Attendance at these events will be capped according to venue type, and attendees should follow the COVID-secure measures set out by those venues.
  • Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
  • Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.
  • All holiday accommodation will be open (including hotels and B&Bs). This can be used by groups of up to 6 or 2 households (each household can include a support bubble, if eligible)

You can read the full list of what you can and cannot do at this link (opens in new tab) 

We are urging people to continue to be cautious and take steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus and variants in Greater Manchester.

Remember, the safest place to meet up is outdoors. If you are meeting with friends and family it's best to do it here and to try and keep your distance from each other as much as possible. 

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 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

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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.

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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.

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