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

Charities and voluntary groups drive coronavirus relief thanks to Trafford Crisis Fund

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.

Mobile Testing Units in Trafford throughout August and September

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 drop significantly

Trafford's coronavirus cases have dropped significantly following the introduction of new Government restrictions.
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Advice and information

Trafford Community Response Line

For help and support with food and medical supplies contact the Trafford Community Response Line on 0300 330 9073.

The line will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm

View details of the other Community Hubs in Greater Manchester 

Read more about the Community Response line

Benefits and Universal Credit

We are receiving a high volume of calls to do with Universal Credit. To help us to keep waiting times down, you can find lots of helpful information on the Government's coronavirus and claiming benefits web page: 

Understanding universal credit

Bins and recycling

Weekly green bin collections are back. There is still some impact on waste collections meaning service levels may change at short notice.

Visit our Bins and recycling home page for more information

Advice for businesses

We will be implementing a number of measures to support businesses during this time.

Visit our Business home page for more information. 

Children and families

Trafford Directory has useful information for families including advice for families with children or young people with SEND

Visit the Trafford Directory

Council Tax

We have announced our plans on how we will offer further financial support to our working age residents who already get some help towards their Council Tax bill.

Visit the Benefits home page for more information.

Health advice

For most people coronavirus will be a mild infection. Follow government advice to protect the vulnerable and slow the spread of the virus. 

Visit our coronavirus health advice page for more information 

Housing and homelessness

Our Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST) reception is currently closed. However you can still contact us on 0161 912 2230 (during office hours) and 0161 218 2000 (out of hours).

Visit our housing page for more information

Leisure centres

Move Urmston, Stretford Leisure Centre, Altrincham Leisure Centre and Sale Leisure Centre are now open, as well as Altrincham Golf Club.

Visit the Trafford Leisure website for more information


Trafford's libraries are now reopening - with measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Visit our Coronavirus updates page for more information


There have been changes to parking penalty enquiries.

Visit our Parking page for the latest updates

Parks and green spaces

Our parks and green spaces are staying open so you can relax and get some fresh air, while following the government’s social distancing guidance. 

Visit our Parks and open spaces page for more information

Play areas and playgrounds

Playgrounds and play areas are now partially reopen.

Visit our Parks and open spaces page for more information

Registrars: births, deaths and marriages

Trafford Register Office have re-commenced marriage ceremonies and civil partnership formations. 

Visit our Covid-19 Registrars update page for more information


All children and young people, in all year groups, will return to school and college full time from the beginning of the autumn term.

 Visit our School closures page for more information

Testing for coronavirus

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.

Visit the NHS website for more information

Travel information

Face coverings are required while using public transport in England.  

Visit the TFGM website for more information