An outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in parts of Blackburn, Oldham and Pendle. The government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.
Restrictions apply to the specified areas below.
Affected local areas
- Oldham (whole area)
- Pendle (whole area subject to wider restrictions, but the following parts have additional restrictions):
- Clover Hill
- Blackburn with Darwen (areas affected):
- Audley & Queens Park
- Bastwell & Daisyfield
- Billinge & Beardwood
- Blackburn Central
- Little Harwood & Whitebirk
- Roe Lee
- Shear Brow & Corporation Park
- Wensley Fold
Business and venue closures
The following businesses and venues can now open or restart in all the affected areas:
- skating rinks
- bowling alleys
- indoor play areas, including soft play areas
- indoor performances (even with a social distanced audience)
- close contact services, which are any treatments on the face such as eyebrow threading or make-up application
In Blackburn with Darwen (as per the areas affected above), the following businesses and venues can now open:
- indoor gyms
- indoor fitness and dance studios
- indoor sports courts and facilities
- indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks
Social contact restrictions
If you live in one of the affected areas, in order to help prevent the spread of coronavirus you must not:
- host people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless theyre in your support bubble
- meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected area, unless theyre in your support bubble
Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households within a bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight, and visit public places together.
The police will be able to take action against those that break these rules, including asking people to disperse and issuing fixed penalty notices starting at 100 for those who participate in illegal gatherings.
People aged 18 or over can be fined:
- 100 for the first offence, lowered to 50 if paid within 14 days
- 200 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of 3,200
The government has also introduced fines for those whoholdillegal gatherings of over 30 people.Holding or being involved in the holding of anillegal gathering of more than 30 people is an offence, andPolice may issue finesof 10,000 to those who break the law.
You should not:
- visit friends or family in care homes, other than in exceptional circumstances. Care homes should restrict visits to these circumstances
In the specific areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle with additional restrictions, you should not:
- socialise with people you do not live with, unless theyre in your support bubble, at public venues. 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.
People can still come inside your home or garden for specific purposes, set out in law:
- where everyone in the gathering lives together or is in the same support bubble
- to attend a birth at the mothers request
- to visit a person who is dying (the visitor can be someone the dying person lives with, a close family member, friend or, if none of those is visiting, anyone else)
- to fulfil a legal obligation
- for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services (see guidance on working safely in other peoples homes)
- for the purposes of education or training
- for the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
- to provide emergency assistance
- to enable one or more persons in the gathering to avoid injury or illness or to escape a risk of harm
- to facilitate a house move
- to provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
- to continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as their parents, or one of their parents.
If you operate a business or organise events within the affected areas you should take steps to ensure people do not socialise with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.
If you operate a hospitality venue (including restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes) inside the areas with additional restrictions (all of Oldham and parts of Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle) then we advise that you should halt walk-ins, and only seat people who make reservations in advance, up to a maximum of six people per table from the same household. You should also take steps to ensure that people do not socialise outside of their households inside and outside your premises.
You should follow all relevant transport guidance when making a journey into, within or out of the affected areas.
You must wear a face covering on public transport and in substantially enclosed areas of transport hubs in England. You will be breaking the law if you fail to do so and could be fined. Some people dont have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.
You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble. If you need to, try to:
- share the car with the same people each time
- keep to small groups of people at any one time
- open windows for ventilation
- travel side by side or behind other people, rather than facing them, where seating arrangements allow
- consider seating arrangements to maximise distance between people in the vehicle
- clean your car between journeys using standard cleaning products make sure you clean door handles and other areas that people may touch
- ask the driver and passengers to wear a face covering
You can travel outside your area. However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the affected areas, unless theyre in your support bubble.
We also advise that if you are a resident of the specific areas of Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham or Pendle with additional restrictions, you should not meet people at indoor or outdoor public venues who are not members of your household.
You can still go on holiday outside of your area, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with).
There is separate guidance on what to do if you have booked holiday accommodation in an area with local restrictions.
In the areas listed above with additional restrictions (all of Oldham and parts of Blackburn with Darwen and Pendle), you should only use public transport for essential reasons. For example:
- to get to and from work
- to get essential food or medical supplies including click and collect services
- to support someone who is vulnerable, if no-one else can do so
- for exercise, locally where possible
- to travel to and from the homes of others in your support bubble
- to attend an Early Years setting, school or college, or to accompany a child who is attending an Early Years setting, school or college, where necessary