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Covid-19 Local Restrictions in the North West

Please find information below for health and care workforce regarding the local restrictions in the North West.

Due to increasing concerns around the risk of rising infection rates in parts of Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire, the Government and relevant local authorities are acting together to control the spread of the virus.

From the 31st July local restrictions have been put in place. If you live in Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen, Burnley, Hyndburn, Pendle or Rossendale, you should follow these rules when meeting people who you do not live with.

Social contact

To prevent the spread of the virus, people will no longer be permitted to:

  • meet people from other households in your home 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 others.

People living inside and outside of these areas can continue to travel in and out for work and you can still go to cafes, restaurants, the gym and other public places, but you should only go with members of your own household – even if you are going outside of the restricted area.

In Blackburn with Darwen, the following business premises must remain closed by law: indoor gyms, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor sports courts and facilities and indoor swimming pools, including indoor facilities at water parks.

For more information about local restrictions in the North West of England read: what you can and cannot do.

What we can all do 

Thank you to you and your teams for all the incredible work you have done in our response to COVID-19, while maintaining critical services and restarting mainstream NHS services.

The safety of you, our patients, their families and approved visitors to our hospitals and healthcare settings is our number one priority but we all have a responsibility and vital role to play to stay safe.  

The importance of following all infection prevention and control and social distancing measures we have been put in place is just as relevant now as it was at the very start of the pandemic. These measures are central in the prevention of hospital acquired (nosocomial) transmission of COVID-19 and is vital that the following are adhered to: 

  • Screening patients All patients must be screened and categorised correctly on admission and documented clearly in the notes. This guarantees that the patient is admitted on to the correct pathway 
  • Re-categorising patients If patients are re-categorised during their admission this must be documented, communicated and appropriate action taken 
  • Day 5 testing Patients must be swabbed 5 days after their admission 
  • Rigorous application of hand hygiene Regularly wash hands for minimum of 20 seconds with hot water and soap and use hand sanitisers 
  • Rigorous application of respiratory hygiene Catch it, bin it, kill it! 
  • Compliance with social distancing requirements Keep your 2m distance, on corridors keep left and walk in single file, do not dwell in corridors, stair wells or enclosed spaces
  • Appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Ensure PPE is being worn in accordance with current guidance
  • Infection prevention and control policies and guidance Please ensure you are familiar with this guidance and aware of new guidance as this is issued 
  • Completion and regular review of health care worker workplace risk assessments Especially for identified vulnerable groups to we support our colleagues identified as at most risk from COVID-19 

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 please follow the stay at home guidance, and get tested as soon as possible.

Other affected areas include Bradford, Calderdale and Kirklees. Visit for more information about the new rules in some parts of Northern England and the Government's approach to managing local coronavirus outbreaks.

Our NHS People Health & Wellbeing Offer

Whether you’re on the front line directly caring for patients or in one of the thousands of essential roles we rely on each and every day, this is a challenging time and we want to thank you for your support.

We need to take the steps to maintain our mental and physical health and wellbeing during this time of additional pressure. A package of national support is available that includes a free wellbeing support helpline or text service, peer to peer, team and personal resilience support and free mindfulness apps.

All information detailed in this briefing is correct at the time of publication (31 July 2020). This is an evolving situation and therefore information is subject to change. The Government will review the situation in one week.

Anthony Hassall

Regional Chief People Officer / Director of Workforce and OD

NHS England and NHS Improvement North West

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