Local outbreak restrictions

A local coronavirus outbreak has been identified in the North West of England in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. The government and relevant authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus but we all need to play our part to protect ourselves and each other. 

If you live, work or travel in any of these areas (including the Borough of Bury) there are rules you must follow when meeting people who you do not live with.

You are urged to take these local restrictions seriously to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, save lives and avoid a local lockdown. 

You must not: 

  • meet people you do not live with inside a private home or garden, except where you have formed a support bubble (or for other limited exemptions to be specified in law)
  • visit someone else's home or garden even if they live outside of the affected areas
  • socialise with people you do not live with in other indoor public venues - such as pubs, restaurants, cafes, shops, places of worship, community centres, leisure and entertainment venues, or visitor attractions. 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 their premises, you should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 secure guidance
  • visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances.

The Government will pass new laws to enforce these local restrictions and the police will be able to take action against those that break the rules. 

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.