The reason for the new measures
These measures will help to address the rise in coronavirus cases across Blackpool and the whole of Lancashire in recent weeks.
There is an increased risk of spreading the virus the more people who gather together.
We are doing everything we can to protect our most vulnerable residents, whilst keeping businesses open and children in school. These new measures will help us to do this.
Length of restrictions
The new restrictions in Blackpool start from midnight on 25 September. They will be monitored closely and will be reviewed on a weekly basis. The next steps will depend on the impact the measures have.
Families can form care bubbles to share childcare 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 childcare.
People allowed in your home
People from outside your household or support bubble are no longer allowed 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
- 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
See the government’s information and guidelines on support bubbles on GOV.UK
Travel for school and work
People can travel in or out of Blackpool for work and education purposes. Workplaces and schools should be implementing COVID-secure measures.
Residents should only use public transport for essential journeys – such as travelling to school or work.
Leisure and entertainment venues, including restaurants, pubs and cinemas, must close between 10pm and 5am.
During opening hours, businesses must operate table service only - including for ordering food and drinks.
Between 10pm and 5am hot food takeaways can only operate a delivery service.
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.
Leisure venues must close between 10.00pm and 5.00am.
Meeting people in cafes, pubs or restaurants
For residents of Blackpool, the government advice is to only visit these venues with other members of your household (or support bubble).
See specific information for Blackpool from GOV.UK
Meeting people in outdoor spaces
The government advice is to avoid mixing with any other household in any location to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. You can still go to outdoor public places with people who are part of your household or support bubble.
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 you don’t live with.
You should not spectate at amateur and semi-professional sports events.
Going on holiday
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 Blackpool on holiday but must comply with the local restrictions.
Having repairs or other work done on your house
Official/registered tradespeople can go to other people’s homes for work purposes as long as they follow national guidance on how to work safely there.
Using public transport
Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work or for medical appointments. Face coverings must be worn unless you are exempt.
You are advised not to share a car with anybody from outside your household or support bubble, and to use public transport for essential journeys instead.
Children play with other children?
In Blackpool and Lancashire, you must not socialise with people outside of your household or support bubble in private homes or gardens. The Government advice is to avoid mixing with any other household in any location to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
Getting a test in you don’t have symptoms?
You can only get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus if you have any of the following symptoms:
- A high temperature
- A new, continuous cough
- A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste
You can also get a test if you are asked to get one by services such as the NHS, your local council, or a Government pilot project.