Lockdown rules change in the UK today – here are the rules where you live

After the UK came out of lockdown, life was able to edge more towards normality.

People could go out for unlimited exercise, visit shops and restaurants – while wearing a face mask and keeping up social distancing, of course.

But that doesn’t mean coronavirus has disappeared.

In a bid to limit the spread of Covid-19, the government has had to enforce local lockdowns across the country.

And you may find it difficult to keep up with which areas are under lockdown.

From today rules will change in certain places in the UK. To make it easier, here are the rules where you live.

Greater Manchester

The lockdown rules are changing in much of Greater Manchester from today, September 8.

From today, casinos, bowling alleys and other leisure facilities can re-open everywhere in Greater Manchester – except Bolton.

Socially distanced indoor performances can also resume, and the remaining restrictions on close contact services such as treatments can be lifted.

However, you should continue to not meet with people you don’t live with, or in their home or garden.


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Meanwhile, people in Bolton, Greater Manchester have to follow these strict rules.

  • You are not allowed to have anyone who does not live with you in your home or your garden unless they are in your support bubble
  • You must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden unless they are in your support bubble
  • People from different households must not meet anywhere inside or outside
  • You should not socialise with people you don't live with in any indoor public venues
  • You cannot meet people you do not live with outdoors, in any setting
  • Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas and soft play, exhibition centres and conference halls must remain closed
  • You can use registered childcare providers and nannies, however, friends/family who do not live with you cannot visit your home to help with childcare unless they are part of your support bubble
  • Children of parents who are separated are allowed to move between households
  • You should not visit anyone in care home other than in exceptional circumstances
  • You must only use public transport for essential purposes, which means travel to education, work, and essential appointments only
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies and funerals (including ceremonies at crematoria) can still go ahead, but they should have no more than 30 people attending
  • Wedding receptions and celebrations, including for up to 30 people in the form of a sit-down cannot take place

Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Pendle

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There are local restrictions in Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham and Pendle.

From Tuesday, September 8, casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas and exhibition centres can open in the Lancashire towns.

The same applies to indoor performances and close contact services.

And indoors gyms, sports courts and facilities and indoor swimming pools.

If you live in the affected areas you should not meet people you don’t live with in your, or their home or garden.


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Current restrictions include a ban on meetings outdoors and indoors with people outside households.

But from Tuesday, September 8, indoor gyms, sports courts and indoor swimming pools will be able to reopen in the East Midlands city.

Casinos, skating rinks, bowling alleys, indoor play areas and exhibition centres remain closed.

Indoor performances, close contact services, and wedding receptions should not reopen or restart in Leicester yet.

So, unless you live in these areas you can most probably assume that the normal rules apply where you live.

Keep in mind these differ between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

For local restrictions in Scotland, check here. For Wales check here. And for Northern Ireland here.

It’s important to check if lockdown restrictions have been placed on the area you live, as this may have changed from the time this article was written.

You can find out more about the individual rules here.

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