Current coronavirus rules and restrictions

Last updated: Friday 9 April 2021

Coronavirus remains a serious threat across the country.

  • Only socialise indoors with people you live with or who are in your support bubble
  • Up to 6 people or 2 households can meet outside, including in gardens
  • Work from home if you can and minimise travel
  • If you have symptoms get a test and stay at home

How the rules will change from 12 April 

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do will change on 12 April. You can read the COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021 (the roadmap out of lockdown) for more information on how Covid-19 restrictions will be eased in England.  

From 12 April:

  • non-essential retail will be able to reopen
  • personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons will be able to reopen
  • public buildings such as libraries and community centres will be able to reopen
  • outdoor hospitality venues will be able to reopen, with table service only
  • most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) will be able to reopen
  • some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds will be able to take place
  • indoor leisure and sports facilities will be able to reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
  • all childcare and supervised activities will be allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
  • weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
  • self-contained accommodation will be able to open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
  • you should continue to minimise the amount that you travel where possible
  • care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)

Funerals will continue to be limited to a maximum number of 30 mourners.

Weddings, outdoor receptions and commemorative events, such as wakes can take place with up to 15 attendees (in premises that are permitted to open).

Latest advice for people identified as clinically extremely vulnerable

If you have been identified as clinically extremely vulnerable you are no longer advised to shield. Shielding ended on 31 March 2021.  However, you should continue to take extra precautions to protect yourself. It is important that you continue to keep the number of social interactions that you have low and try to limit the amount of time you spend in settings where you are unable to maintain social distancing. If you are in this group, you will previously have received a letter from the NHS or from your GP telling you this. Speak to your GP if you have any concerns.  

Taking every step safely 

Coronavirus remains a serious threat so it's important we take each step out of lockdown safely. Approximately 1 in 3 people who have coronavirus have no symptoms and can spread it without realising.  Every covered face, every open window, every video call, every washed hand is making difference. 

More information 

Outbreak management

Our Outbreak Control Plan sets out ways in which Bury Council, the local NHS and other partner organisations aim to manage local outbreaks.   

Local outbreaks are identified and managed through continuous monitoring of the available data.