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

New covid measures being introduced in Lancashire

New measures are to be introduced in Lancashire as part of a combined effort across the county to help fight Covid-19. 
Following a significant rise in the number of cases, and initial signs that hospital admissions are starting to increase, more stringent measures are to be introduced.

The measures are designed to protect residents in the county from the spread of Covid-19, especially our more vulnerable residents. They are also aiming to preventing a much tighter lockdown.

The new measures will affect all of Lancashire, including Blackburn with Darwen, apart from the Blackpool area, and come into effect Tuesday 22 September.

They will:

  • Prohibit households from mixing in homes and gardens
  • Limit bars and restaurants to table service only
  • Prevent leisure and entertainment venues, including restaurants, pubs, and cinemas, opening between 10pm and 5am

A number of areas of guidance have also been introduced which residents are strongly urged to comply with.

These are:

  • Only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work
  • Not to attend amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators

Click here for frequently asked questions 

Residents are urged to only visit indoor locations such as pubs and restaurants with other members of their household or support bubble.

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.

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".

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.

Wear a face covering where prompted and applicable

Government advice on face coverings 

Face coverings and dementia

Rule of six

You must not meet with people from other households socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes.

There are a limited number of exemptions

  • places of worship,
  • restaurants and hospitality venues can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups
  • Schools
  • work settings
  • organised team sports
  • weddings and funerals (up to 30 people)​

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


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