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Full details of the latest restrictions can be found on the website

The government has published the ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ setting out the roadmap out of the current lockdown for England. This explains how the restrictions included in this guidance will be lifted over time, subject to COVID-19 data.
Changes on 29 March
Social contact
From 29 March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either 6 people (the Rule of 6) or 2 households are be allowed.

  • The ‘stay at home’ rule will end on 29 March but many restrictions will remain in place.
  • People should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes.
  • Travel abroad will continue to be prohibited, other than for a small number of permitted reasons.
Changes on 12 April 
Business and activities
  • Opening of non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and nail salons; and public buildings, including libraries and community centres.
  • Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will also reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); as will most outdoor attractions and settings including outdoor hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks, and drive-in cinemas.
  • Self-contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, can also reopen.
  • Hospitality venues can now serve people outdoors at and there will be no need for customers to order a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and no curfew, although customers must order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’).

Wider social contact rules will apply in all these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.
While funerals can continue with up to 30 mourners, the number of people able to attend weddings, receptions and commemorative events such as wakes will rise to 15.
Full details of these rules can be found on the website – National Lockdown: Stay at Home


Keep your social distance – It works!
Wash your hands regularly – It works!
Self isolate if you have symptoms or are identified as a close contact – It works!
Wear a face covering – It works!
We’re in this together and can overcome this together

Got symptoms? Get tested

To control Coronavirus, testing and tracing must become a new way of life. If you have any of the following symptoms, no matter how mild, you need to self-isolate and get a test immediately so that it’s within 5 days of being symptomatic;
  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss of or a change in your normal sense of smell or taste
To book a test or order a home testing kit visit:  or call 119

There are a number of testing sites in Greater Manchester for you to book an appointment at, but we are making more and more local testing sites available here in Tameside for easier access. It’s simple, safe, confidential and will protect everyone.

When to get a test

If you test positive, NHS Test and Tracing will contact you to trace people you have been in close contact with.

If you’re told you have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate for 10 days even if you aren’t showing any symptoms.
Please play your part so we can safely return to a more normal way of life.

If you are self-isolating and have no family, friends or neighbours to support you please call 0161 342 8355

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