Following the announcement that Preston has been declared an 'area of intervention' by government, additional restrictions will apply from midnight 7 August.
This page provides more information on what this means for you and your family, visit our residencies affected by area of intervention measures to see if this applies to where you live.
At this stage there is no change to the opening or operation of businesses.
To help tackle the spread of the virus you must not:
Where possible and practical always maintain two metres from other people. Businesses should take steps to encourage people to follow these rules.
It is vital that everybody follows these new rules to reduce the spread of the virus and protect our communities.
We continue to ask that everyone continues to wash and sanitise their hands and wear a face covering in public unless medically exempt.
For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms visit NHS - COVID-19. If you are displaying these symptoms or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible. Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.
Your household - as defined in law - is only the people you live with. If you are a single adult household and have formed a support bubble these can be treated as if they were members of your household.
Children of parents who are separated can move between households while the restrictions are in place. Find out the latest information on bubbles
You are not allowed to meet people you do not live with (unless part of a bubble or other limited exceptions) in their home or garden. If you live in the affected areas, you should not visit someone's home or garden regardless of whether this falls in or out of areas with restrictions in place.
There are limited exemptions:
In line with national guidance groups of no more than six can meet outside in a public place. This cannot be a private garden. If the group only consists of people from two households this can be more than six people.
You must take precautions to socially distance from one another wherever practical.
Yes. People living inside or outside areas with restrictions in place can travel in and out for work. Workplaces must implement COVID-19 secure measures and guidance. If using public transport you must wear a face covering unless medically exempt.
You are allowed to visit a person's home in work, volunteering or charitable capacity.
Yes, but only with members of your own household or those you have formed a protective bubble with.
Gyms, fitness studios, swimming pools and similar venues are not impacted by the latest restrictions
Travel is not affected, but you are not allowed to visit another household or private garden regardless of whether it falls within an area impact by additional measures or not
No, you are not able to have visitors in your home or garden regardless of whether they live within or outside of the areas affected by new restrictions.
Yes, but you must socially distance from people outside of your household. This means maintaining a distance of 2 metres, or 1 metre with mitigations (e.g. face coverings). Government recommends at this time that if possible prayer/religious services take place outdoors.
Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals can still go ahead in these areas, but they must have no more than 30 people, and comply with COVID-19 Secure guidance and venue capacity.
People living outside of these areas can travel to these areas to attend a wedding, civil partnership or funeral, but they should not meet with another household in a private home or garden.
Wedding receptions or parties should not currently take place. No celebrations involving more than one household or support bubble should take place in a house, garden or indoor public places like hotels, pubs and restaurants. Celebrations outdoors can include up to 6 people from different households. See detailed guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.
Help for vulnerable people is still available via Preston Together
For the latest guidance and exemptions visit GOV.UK - Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own.
The new legislation means it's a legal requirement to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets. Police can issue fines of £100 for non-compliance.
On public transport, for example, those who obstruct or ignore orders from police "without reasonable excuse" commit an offence and can be prosecuted.
Current guidance does not require face coverings to be worn in pubs, cafes and restaurants. However, we are recommending that face coverings be worn where practical in enclosed public spaces.
The above page provides guidance on the use of face coverings at work. Employers must make sure that the risk assessment for their business addresses the risks of COVID-19 using BEIS guidance to inform decisions and control measures including close proximity working.
If you are unhappy with the measures introduced by a business or place of work (including bars, cafes and restaurants) to maintain social distancing and infection control you can report it using our Coronavirus report form.
If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible. Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.
We are working to increase the number of testing facilities available and will provide more information soon.
The main testing site in Preston is at Preston's College car park, St Vincent's Road, Fulwood, PR2 8UR.
To find out more about the test and how to book visit GOV.UK - coronavirus test or by calling the NHS Coronavirus testing contact centre on 119.
Preston's College car park, St Vincent's Road, Fulwood, PR2 8UR.