From Monday, July 19, most legal restrictions to control COVID-19 will be lifted in England.

However, covid rates are high and the virus is still spreading so we all need to continue to be careful and cautious, even if we have been vaccinated.

We are continuing to strongly encourage people to wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport. 

Anyone using the Metrolink network, bus stations or transport interchanges in Greater Manchester must still wear a face covering unless exempt.

It is also recommended:

  • All adults get both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
  • If you are meeting up with people try and do so outdoors or if indoors to let fresh air in by opening doors and windows
  • Everyone takes free, regular lateral flow coronavirus tests twice a week
  • Everyone washes their hands regularly for 20 seconds

Until Monday, legal restrictions remain in place. 

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

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)

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More information

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)

In your area

Local plans are in place to stop coronavirus, deal with outbreaks, and help everyone to stay safe and well while doing so.

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