Coronavirus restrictions in Lancashire

The following local restrictions are now in place across the whole of Lancashire. This includes Blackpool, which recently aligned with the rest of Lancashire. See latest information on restrictions in Blackpool.

  • You must not socialise with people outside of your household or support bubble in private homes or gardens. See guidance on support bubbles from GOV.uk.
  • In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
  • Leisure and entertainment venues, including restaurants, pubs and cinemas, must close between 10pm and 5am.
  • Only use public transport for essential journeys – such as travelling to school or work, or medical appointments.
  • A face covering must be worn on public transport unless you are exempt.
  • Avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.
  • Residents are urged to only visit indoor locations such as restaurants and pubs with other members of their household or support bubble.
  • People should work from home where possible.
  • A maximum of six people can take part in indoor team sports.
  • Large sports events and conferences, planned from 1 October will not now take place.
  • From Monday 28 September, only 15 people can attend a wedding service and reception - 30 people can still attend a funeral.


Further information on local restrictions

These measures will help to address the significant rise in coronavirus cases in the region in recent weeks.

There is an increased risk of transmission the more people who gather together. Our data shows an increased rate of transmission in homes, hospitality venues and through grassroot sports.

We are doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable, keep businesses open and children in school, which these measures will help with.

The Lancashire Resilience Forum publishes a weekly bulletin with the latest figures on the number of coronavirus-related cases and deaths across Lancashire.

The measures started on Tuesday 22 September and will be monitored closely and reviewed on a weekly basis. The next steps will depend on the impact the measures have.

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Sakthi Karunanithi explains what needs to happen before restrictions can be lifted.

  • Businesses will be fined up to £10,000 and could be closed if they breach regulations.
  • The fine for people not wearing face coverings in shops, supermarkets, public transport, taxis and in indoor hospitality will double to £200 for a first time offence, from £100.
  • This fine will be the same for those who break the "rule of six".
  • People with coronavirus symptoms who do not self-isolate will face fines of £1,000, rising to £10,000 for repeat offences from 28 September.
  • If people prevent others from self-isolating - such as bosses threatening redundancy - they can also be fined.

If you live in one of the following affected wards in Blackburn with Darwen and you are clinically extremely vulnerable, then you should continue to shield until 5 October:

  • Audley & Queen’s Park
  • Bastwell & Daisyfield
  • Billinge & Beardwood
  • Blackburn Central
  • Little Harwood & Whitebirk
  • Roe Lee
  • Shear Brow & Corporation Park
  • Wensley Fold

From 5 October formal shielding will be paused in your area. Instead, guidance will be provided locally about how to manage your risk of exposure to the virus.

It’s important that you continue to take precautions after 5 October. Find out more from the general guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people.

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing Dr Sakthi Karunanithi explains how we can keep our vulnerable residents safe.

  • Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings.
  • Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail will now also be required to wear face coverings (from 24 September).
  • People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
  • Guidance stating that face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services will now become law (from 24 September).
  • Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings.

You must not meet people who you do not live with or are not part of a protective support bubble inside your home.

However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule listed below:

  • To provide emergency assistance
  • To attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • To visit a person who is dying
  • To fulfil a legal obligation
  • For work, volunteering or charitable purposes
  • For education or training purposes
  • For the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider and informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble
  • To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • To facilitate a house move (this includes viewing a property)
  • To continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as one or more of their parents

People can travel in or out of Lancashire for work and education purposes.

Workplaces and schools should be implementing COVID-secure measures.

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi explains why mixing at work is different to mixing at home.

These local restriction measures do not effect education.

Schools, colleges and universities remain open and are operating in a COVID-secure way.

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, explains why it is important that education continues.

Care bubbles are able to form, to allow families to share caring responsibilities with another household.

  • Informal carers will be able to provide care for children and vulnerable adults.
  • Children under 14 will be able to be cared for by individuals outside of their immediate household as part of a care bubble. Arrangements must be part of a consistent childcare relationship.

See the government's latest announcement about information childcare.

Hospitality venues must close between 10pm and 5am. 

During opening hours businesses must operate table service only including ordering food and drinks.

Between 10pm and 5am hot food takeaways can only operate a delivery service.

If you live in an area with additional restrictions:

these remain in place, and you are unable to meet with other households in any indoor location.  

In the rest of Lancashire, it is not illegal to meet with up to 6 people from outside of your household at a pub or restaurant. However, we would strongly advise that you shouldn’t do that unless you are part of a support bubble. 

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, explains why people in Lancashire should avoid mixing with other households.

The hospitality industry has enhanced measures, such as risk assessments and test and trace, which private homes don’t have.

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi advises why there are additional restrictions in homes and gardens. 

You can visit gyms, gym classes or swimming pools, as long as these venues have the required Covid-secure risk assessments and guidelines in place.

You must not visit anyone’s home either within or out of the restricted area except for your support bubble or for the excepted reasons listed above.

The Government advice is to avoid mixing with any additional household in any location to further decrease the risk of spreading the virus.

Official/registered tradespeople can go to other people’s homes for work purposes as long as you follow national guidance on how to work safely there.

The government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) is due to continue during September and October.

From 1 September, the government will pay 70% of wages up to a maximum cap of £2,187.50 for the hours the employee is on furlough. Employers will top up employees’ wages to ensure they receive 80% (up to £2,500).

See whether you can claim for your employees’ wages through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work. Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

You are advised not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble, and to use public transport for essential journeys instead.

Unless formally organised by a sports club or similar organisation, with guidance issued by a sports governing body, team sports should not take place at an indoor or outdoor venue with people who you don’t live with.

You should not spectate at amateur and semi-professional sports events.

You can still go on holiday within the UK or abroad, but you should only do this with people you live with (or have formed a support bubble with). You need to follow any rules in the area you visit and be aware of the self-isolation rules when travelling to and from certain countries.

People can visit the region on holiday but must comply with the local restrictions.

Our Director of Public Health and Wellbeing, Dr Sakthi Karunanithi explains some of the issues around local testing.