National coronavirus restrictions come in to effect on Thursday 5 November.

Details of the new national restirictions can be found on the government website:

Until then Oldham remains in the Very High Tier of local restrictions.

Full details of these rules can be found on the government website:

Meeting with other people

You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless they are part of your household or support or childcare bubble.

You may continue to see friends and family you do not live with in groups of 6 or less in certain outdoor public spaces, such as:

  • parks, beaches, countryside, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them), allotments
  • outdoor sports courts and facilities, and playgrounds

You must not meet with people outside of your household or support bubble in a private garden or in most outdoor public venues.


You should work from home where possible.


Businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-secure manner, other than those that remain closed in law.

Leisure and hospitality

Pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant – which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal

Businesses selling food or drink on their premises are required to close between 10pm and 5am.

This will include takeaways but delivery, drive through and click and collect services can continue after 10pm.

Face coverings/masks

Members of staff and the public must now wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.

If you do not, you could face a £200 fine.

Weddings, civil partnerships, religious services and funerals

You can attend places of worship for a service, however, you must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support or childcare bubble.

Wedding and civil partnership ceremonies must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces they are restricted to a maximum of 15 people and receptions are not allowed.

Funerals must only take place in COVID-secure venues or in public outdoor spaces with a maximum of 30 people in attendance. Wakes or linked ceremonial events before or after the funeral are limited to a maximum of 15 people and must not take place in private homes.


If you need to travel we encourage you to walk or cycle where possible, or to plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport.

You are advised not to travel into or out of an area if it has been categorised as a very high alert level area, as Greater Manchester has. This is part of wider measures to help manage the risk of transmission.

You can continue to travel into or out of very high alert level areas if you need to for work, education, to access youth services or because of caring responsibilities.

Shielding residents

We are advising any residents who have recently shielded to continue taking extra care now that the shielding process has formally ended in Oldham.


We are now publishing weekly coronavirus data for Oldham.

Covid-19 weekly data

NHS Covid-19 app

The new NHS COVID-19 app, now available to download for free, is the fastest way to see if you’re at risk from coronavirus.

Download the NHS COVID-19 app