Daily Bulletin

Accurate as of 1pm on Wednesday 27 May 2020

You can spread the virus even if you don’t have symptoms. Please help to slow down the spread of infection and follow national guidance on social distancingself-isolation and hand washing

For further information, visit the NHS website and the GOV webpage.


What’s new

Updated guidance for local government

This is a useful collection of updated guidance for local government but may be of interest to the wider general public. 


The guidance includes useful information for a range of sectors with new updates on support available to local businesses and charities, housing provision for rough sleepers, and guidance on the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.


Re-opening of non-essential shops and retailers

This is the guidance that the government has announced about how outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to re-open from Monday 1 June

Further non-essential retail outlets including clothes, shoes, electronics and toyshops will be able to open in three weeks time from Monday 15 June, subject to risk assessments, discussions with trades unions and measures being in place to ensure the safety of staff and customers. 

Hairdressers, salons, nail bars, pubs and cafes will not be permitted to open until further notice as there is more risk of person to person transmission of infection within these environments. 


Residents invited to join mass sing-a-long from their doorsteps for ‘Together in One Voice’


Residents of Greater Manchester are being called on to open their windows and take to their doorsteps for ‘Together In One Voice’, a mass sing-a-long which will harness the power of music to connect their communities and bring them together in these challenging times.


Civic leaders are asking local people to join in the one-off event at 7.30 pm on Thursday 28 May that will see famous faces join locals in a thirty minute virtual sing-song from the streets of the city region.


Coronavirus statutory sick pay rebate scheme is now live
Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave can now claim back the money.

If you’re an employer with fewer than 250 employees, you can now claim for Coronavirus-related Statutory Sick Pay (SSP). You can also speak to your tax agent about making claims on your behalf. The repayment will cover up to two weeks of the applicable rate of SSP.

For more information about this Coronavirus support measure, you can also sign-up to HMRC’s Statutory Sick Pay Scheme Webinar.

To access the scheme go to: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-back-statutory-sick-pay-paid-to-your-employees-due-to-coronavirus-covid-19


Disposing of PPE

If you are using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) please dispose of them carefully and safely.

Always put used face masks and gloves in the grey bin not the recycling bin – disposable masks, gloves, wipes, tissues and other PPE can’t be recycled.

If you or someone you live with have symptoms of coronavirus:

•                Double bag your used PPE

•                Store it safely for 72 hours

•                Throw it in the bin

Protect yourself, others and our environment – don’t create litter with your masks and gloves and remember to wash your hands thoroughly.


Westhoughton Lions awarded grant by Rugby League World Cup capital grants programme

The Rugby League World Cup 2021 (RLWC2021) has announced the latest recipients of its large grants for community clubs and organisations, with Westhoughton Lions Amateur Rugby League Football Club (ARLFC) making the list.

As part of the tournament’s wider ‘InspirationALL’ legacy initiative, Westhoughton ARLFC has received £250,000, which will go towards a fully accessible clubhouse, providing a dynamic hub for the community in Westhoughton.

The rugby league club is among five new projects worth over £2 million across England approved by Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Update about council services

Bolton Council reintroduces bulky waste collection service

Residents can now have bulky waste items removed from their homes again, after the council reintroduced a collection service which was suspended due to coronavirus.

Large items such as electrical appliances and furniture can be taken away, for a small fee, using Bolton Council’s contractor Bulky Bobs.


Bolton’s Humanitarian response

Support for the most vulnerable   

Please ring our helpline 01204 337221 if you do not have friends or family to support you. Further information is on our website.


Community Support

Contact tracing

Contact tracing is a vital part of the government’s Test and Trace service which will be crucial to supressing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), keeping the number of cases low and the ‘R value’ below 1.0, and allowing lockdown restrictions to ease.

Work is already underway in Bolton to prepare for contact tracing and we are working closely with colleagues across Greater Manchester (GM) to support the development of GM-wide plans.

GCSE, AS and A Level exams

Following the cancellation of summer exams, the exam boards will be providing students with calculated grades, wherever possible, on 13 August for A and AS levels and 20 August for GCSEs.

These grades will have the same value as grades in previous years and the vast majority of students will be able to use them to progress on to their next steps but some may wish to sit these exams in the autumn. Further guidance for schools, colleges, teachers and students on sitting the autumn exams can be found here: GCSE, AS and A level exam guidance.

Bolton test centre now open for anyone with symptoms

Anyone over the age of five 5 who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), can now book an appointment for a test at the University of Bolton Stadium test site.

The expansion in testing eligibility comes after all four UK Chief Medical Officers also confirmed that anosmia has been added as a symptom of coronavirus (COVID-19). Anosmia is the loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell and it can also affect your sense of taste.

This means you and your household should self-isolate immediately if you have:

·       a new continuous cough or

·       a high temperature or

·       a loss of or change in your normal sense of smell or taste

To book a coronavirus (COVID-19) test fill in a form on the council’s website. Testing is available by appointment only.

Resilience fund supports community pandemic response

The COVID-19 Resilience Fund has provided grants to community groups and charities supporting residents across the borough.

It was set up by Bolton’s Fund – a voluntary sector grants programme delivered in partnership by Bolton Council, NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group, Bolton at Home and Bolton CVS.

To date, 28 groups have been awarded grants and 388 volunteers supported, which has meant an additional 19,000 extra volunteer hours.

Business support

Business Bolton help

Information and support available to businesses can be found on our Business Bolton website.

Partner update

Last chance to help make streets safer

Time is running out for Bolton residents take part in the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign.

More people than ever are choosing to walk or cycle, but it can be difficult to maintain social distancing in public spaces.

Friday is the deadline to use the online tool and let Transport for Greater Manchester know where improvements could help make our streets safer for those traveling by bike or on foot.

Trying to get through to your pharmacy?

Please be patient if your call isn’t answered straight away – keep trying and you will get through.

Your pharmacy team is very busy making sure everyone gets the essential medication and advice they need at this time.

Remember to order your medication in time – but only order what you need and don’t forget to pick it up.

Prescriptions can take up to seven days to get ready.

Let your pharmacy know if you no longer need any medication you have ordered.

Greater Manchester Travel Survey

As part of Greater Manchester’s recovery it is really important we understand peoples intentions, beliefs and attitudes about how they will travel in the future. The transport network will be central to our recovery from the coronavirus epidemic.

To get it right Transport for Greater Manchester want to hear about your future travel plans and are asking people to fill out this survey and be in with a chance of winning a £50 shopping voucher.

The survey runs from today until 1 June.


For the latest updates from our partners

Bolton NHS Foundation TrustBolton at Home, Bolton CVS, Greater Manchester Fire ServiceTransport for Greater Manchester;