Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and advice
New coronavirus rules
The government has announced new coronavirus restrictions. These are as follows:
- Pubs, bars and restaurants to close at 10pm and they will also be restricted to table service only
- People should work from home wherever possible
- Face masks compulsory for bar staff and non-seated customers, shop workers and waiters
- Limit on guests at weddings reduced from 30 to 15
- Plans to allow fans to return to sporting events paused
- "Rule of six" now applies to indoor team sports
- Fines for not wearing masks or following rules increased to £200 for first offence
However people who live in Trafford are still subject to extra measures. These mean you should not:
- Meet people you do not live with in other indoor public venues – such as pubs, restaurants, shops and places of worship
- You may attend these venues with people you live with (or are in a support bubble with), but should avoid interaction with individuals or groups from other households.
- If you run such a business or organise events on your premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not mix with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance·
- You cannot meet people from other households in your home or garden. Household support bubbles are exempt.
- You cannot visit someone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside of the affected areas.
- You should not visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.
You can find the latest up-to-date information here on the government website.
It states that for people who live in the affected areas, (including Trafford) we continue to advise that you should not:
- socialise with people you do not live with, unless they’re in your support bubble, in any public venue. This applies to inside and outside of the affected areas. Examples of public venues include pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions and parks.
There is high demand for testing at the moment which is causing frustration for people who are struggling to book a test.
Trafford is part of the National Testing Programme so the booking issues are out of our control.
We know that this is a major cause of concern for those trying to book a test and we have raised the issue at a national level.
In the meantime we would ask anyone who tries to book a test and is unable to do so, or who is offered a location or time which is not convenient, to please wait a few hours and then try again.
Please note that at the moment you should only be booking a test if for you or your family member have coronavirus symptoms which are a high temperature, new continuous cough or a loss/change in sense of smell or taste.
If you have symptoms you must also self-isolate with the members of your household until you have the test results.
COVID-19 outbreak management plan
Our outbreak plan sets out how we will prevent and manage outbreaks of COVID-19 across Trafford so that our residents and communities can live safely through the various phases of the pandemic. It summarises the key roles and responsibilities for controlling Covid-19 in the borough and outlines our local response to the pandemic.
Trafford Community Response
Across the borough of Trafford, a community of charities, businesses, community groups and the Council have all come together to make sure you have the support you need during this challenging time.
Latest news updates from Trafford Council
- Frontline charities and local community groups have been providing essential support and assistance to Trafford residents throughout the Covid-19 outbreak thanks to timely grants from the Trafford Crisis Fund.
- Trafford residents experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 will have the option of getting a test at Mobile Testing Units in place throughout August.
- Trafford's coronavirus cases have dropped significantly following the introduction of new Government restrictions.
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