Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and advice
Coronavirus rules within Trafford
The Government has announced the introduction of standardised local coronavirus restrictions, also known as alert levels or tiers The alert levels have been set as ‘medium’, ‘high’, and ‘very high’.
Trafford, along with the rest of Greater Manchester has been moved into Tier 3 -‘very high’ - from Friday 23 October.
It means the following:
- you must not socialise/mix with anybody you do not live with (unless they are in your support bubble) in any indoor setting including your home, any private garden, restaurants and other entertainment venues
- a support bubble is where a household with only one adult joins with another household of any size. You can find out more about support bubbles.
- you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue
- pubs and bars must close; they can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal, and they may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal
- restaurants and pubs that remain open must close at 10pm
- casinos bingo halls, betting shops, adult gaming centres and soft play areas must close
- schools and universities remain open
- places of worship remain open, but household mixing is not permitted
- weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees; however, wedding receptions are not allowed
- people should work from home wherever possible
- exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors; these will only be permitted indoors if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or share a support bubble with; there are exceptions for supervised activities for under-18s, and disability sport
- you should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you are in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey
- you should avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK if you are resident in a very high alert level area, or avoid staying overnight in a very high alert level area if you are resident elsewhere
- face masks are compulsory when using public transport and visiting certain venues including supermarkets, shopping centres, shops and visitor attractions
- fines for not wearing masks start at £200 for a first offence
- Wash hands: keep washing your hands regularly
- Cover face: wear a face covering in enclosed spaces
- Make space: stay at least 2 metres apart - or 1 metre with a face covering or
For full details about the restrictions in Trafford and Greater Manchester
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.
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.
Financial support during self-isolation
From 28 September 2020, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support payment of £500. This payment is designed to support you if you are on low income, if you will lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage you to get tested if you have symptoms. The scheme will last until 31 January 2021.
Financial Support for Tier 3 Restrictions
No agreement has yet been reached on a support package for businesses that are affected by the new tier restrictions. As soon as the support package becomes known this page will be updated.
You may be able to get financial help through the existing government schemes.
Making your business COVID-secure
The Government has published guidance for businesses to help them trade safely and securely during the pandemic
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
- After a spike at the end of July, followed by a drop earlier this month, cases of COVID-19 in Trafford have now increased slightly, and our rates are over twice the average rate of infection for England.
- 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.
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