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Coronavirus - Service information, business support and help for the community

Lancashire moves to Tier 3 coronavirus alert level

  • Lancashire moves into "very high" Covid alert level – this includes South Ribble
  • Bars and pubs to close tonight, other venues from Monday
  • No socialising with people unless you live with them or they’re in your support bubble
  • Government pledges additional support for businesses and residents

Pubs and bars are to close from 00:01 on Saturday 16 October and residents will only be allowed to socialise with people they live with or those in their social bubble in any indoor setting or private garden or at most outdoor hospitality venues and ticketed events.

From 00:01 on Monday 19 October the following venues will also close: 

  • Licensed clubs
  • Adult gaming centres 
  • Bingo halls 
  • Casinos  
  • Bookmakers and betting shops
  • Children's soft play centres

Car boot sales will also be prohibited, and universities will be expected to move to distance learning where possible.

The decision is accompanied by a support package for Lancashire to help minimise the impact on Lancashire's businesses and residents. New, local arrangements and funding will also be introduced for test and trace to give Lancashire more control of the contact tracing process.

Please see gov.uk for full breakdown of the Very High Level 

For business support information and to make an enquiry 

For our South Ribble Together Community support


NHS Test and Trace

From Wednesday 14th September, the council will begin to assist NHS Track and Trace by contacting individuals who need to self-isolate.

Find out more here 

If you're told to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, the council or through the NHS COVID-19 app, Stay at home for 14 days

  • self-isolate for 14 days from the day you were last in contact with the person who tested positive for coronavirus – as it can take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear
  • do not leave your home for any reason – if you need food or medicine, order it online or by phone, or ask friends and family to drop it off at your home
  • do not have visitors in your home, including friends and family – except for essential care
  • try to avoid contact with anyone you live with as much as possible
  • people you live with do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms
  • people in your support bubble do not need to self-isolate if you do not have symptoms

If you live with someone at higher risk from coronavirus, try to arrange for them to stay with friends or family for 14 days.

If you have to stay in the same home together, read about how to avoid spreading coronavirus to people you live with.

Test and Trace Support Payment

The test and trace support payment has been announced in response to feedback that some people were struggling to self-isolate due to financial constraints. It is to ensure that people on low incomes self-isolate when they test positive or are identified as a contact, and to encourage more people to get tested. This will help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and avoid further restrictions, including local lockdowns.

More information and how to apply


Let's do it for South Ribble #SouthRibbleTogether

We all have a part to play to help tackle the virus.

South Ribble's rates are increasing and its more important than ever for our residents to still follow general Government guidance to help reduce the spread.

Using simple steps we can reduce our risk of infection and help protect ourselves, our families and our communities.

Hands - Wash your hands

We can all help combat the virus by washing our hands thoroughly and regularly for at least 20 seconds.

If this is not available, use hand sanitiser.

Face - Wear a face covering where prompted and applicable

Government advice on face coverings 

Face coverings and dementia

Space - Social distancing is key

As we get the chance to go out and about more, and meet friends and loved ones, we must practice social distancing.

This means keeping our distance from people not in our households or our "bubbles".

Book a test if you have symptoms 

​Only book a test if you are disoplaying symptoms. if you have been in contact with someone with covid, self isolate for 14 days. Only get a test if you start to show symptoms.

Statement on testing in South Ribble from Leader of the Council

For up-to-date information about the coronavirus please visit:

The offical Government website 

NHS website

The NHS Test and Trace service


More support and infomation

Community support - South Ribble Together

Business support

Service updates