This content was last updated on 16 October 2020
Government has declared that Preston (and Lancashire as a whole) is a "Tier 3, Very High Alert" area according to the Government Covid Alert system.
The majority of the new measures will take effect from 00:01 Saturday 17 October, with additional measures being implemented from 00:01 Monday 19 October (these are indicated below).
This page is accurate based on the information and guidance we have received from government. We will update this page with any further information we receive.
This means that in addition to national restrictions, the following rules apply in Preston from 17 October 2020:
If you are a business owner please visit our COVID-19 Business support and advice pages to find out more information.
If you are concerned about the implementation of COVID secure measures in a business, workplace or other public building please report this by using our Coronavirus report form.
For the latest information on coronavirus testing in Preston, please visit our Coronavirus testing page, using the button below.
You may be asked to self-isolate for a number of reasons including a positive test for you, someone in your household, if you've been contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service or whether you are experiencing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.
For more information on the importance of self-isolating as well as accessing the Test and Trace Support Payment for people on low income who are required to self-isolate, please visit our self-isolating page.
You must not meet socially with friends and family in any indoor location unless they are part of our household or support bubble. This includes homes, as well as public indoor venues such as pubs, cafes and restaurants.
Please note that you can be fined £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences to maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in hosting, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.
You can meet with friends and family outdoors, excluding outdoor hospitality venues or private gardens, following the rule of 6. Children are included in the limit of 6.
Activities, such as indoor exercise classes and other activity groups can only continue provided that households (including support bubbles) do not mix.
If these groups are likely to mix, these activities must not go ahead.
The following people can provide childcare support in your or their home and garden:
A childcare bubble is where someone in one household provides informal (unpaid and unregistered) childcare to a child aged 13 or under in another household.
For any given childcare bubble, this must always be between the same 2 households.
Please note: friends or family who do not live with you and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare. Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not for the purposes of different households mixing where they are otherwise not allowed to do so.
There are exceptions from legal gatherings limits for registered childcare, education or training, and supervised activities provided for children, including wraparound care, youth groups and activities, and children's playgroups.
This means you can continue to use early years and childcare settings, including childminders, after-school clubs and nannies.
All workplaces should be implementing COVID secure measures.
Anyone who cannot work from home should go to their place of work, carefully following the measures in place.
If you are able to work from home, with your employers consent, you should do so.
Public sector employees working in essential services should continue to go into work as necessary.
Those classed as clinically extremely vulnerable can go to work as long as the workplace is COVID-19 Secure. However, if you are able to work from home you should do so.
There are no group size limits when gathering/meeting for work purposes but all workplaces should be set up to meet Covid-19 Secure guidelines.
The Government is advising all residents who are vulnerable and previously shielding to take the following precautions and advice:
You can still go to work if you cannot work from home because all workplaces should be covid secure, and children should still attend school.
This is on top of restrictions for everyone to not meet other households indoors, unless part of a support bubble, and to only meet in groups of up to six people outdoors.
For the latest information and guidelines on shielding please visit Public Health England's guidance on shielding and protecting people who are clinically extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.
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.
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 £200 for non-compliance and have the powers to enforce the requirement to wear face coverings in certain premises and on public transport.
You can report any non-compliance Covid-19 issues to the Police using their Covid-19 online report form.
On public transport, for example, those who obstruct or ignore orders from police "without reasonable excuse" commit an offence and can be prosecuted.
From Thursday 24 September you must wear a face covering in pubs, cafes and restaurants except when seated at a table to eat or drink. This means you must wear a face covering when being shown to a table, when leaving the venue and when going to and from toilet facilities.
From Tuesday 22 September the list of places where members of the public are required to wear a face covering has expanded.
There are different rules for customers and employees regarding the wearing of a face covering. Exemptions do still apply and employees who are unsure should contact their employer for further guidance.
You must wear a face covering, unless exempt:
GOV.UK 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.
From 24 September:
If you are unsure of how this applies to you, please contact your employer
Some people are exempt from face covering, including: