Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and advice

Tier 3 - Very High Alert

Trafford coronavirus restrictions from Wednesday 2 December

Trafford, along with the rest of Greater Manchester, is in Tier 3 following the end of the national lockdown.

You can find full details on the government website. Below is a brief summary of some of the new guidance.

In Tier 3 the following businesses and venues can open:

  • essential and non-essential retail, including indoor and outdoor markets and car boot sales
  • hairdressers and barbers, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, nail salons, spas and beauty services, massage parlours and tanning salons
  • gyms, sports courts and facilities, leisure centres, fitness and dance studios, golf courses, swimming pools, riding centres, outdoor playgrounds – subject to relevant social contact rules in each tier. Indoor group activities and classes should not take place at Tier 3
  • public buildings, such as libraries, community centres and halls. However, they should not host events for private hire though, such as birthday parties.
  • allotments, recycling and waste centres, public toilets, car parks
  • essential public services such as the NHS and medical services, courts, and jobcentre plus sites
  • places of worship – communal worship can now resume but you must not attend with or socialise with  anyone outside of your household or support bubble while you are there, unless a legal exemption applies
  • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on the number of attendees – 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies, wedding receptions are not allowed, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, 15 people can attend linked commemorative events
  • organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
  • organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes cannot take place indoors. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s
  • Everyone who can work from home should do so
  • Public-sector employees working in essential services, including education settings, should continue to go into work where necessary

Restrictions in Tier 3 mean:

  • you must not meet socially indoors or in most outdoor places with anybody you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble, this includes in any private garden or at most outdoor venues
  • you must not socialise in a group of more than 6 in some other outdoor public spaces, including parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, a public garden, grounds of a heritage site or castle, or a sports facility – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
  • hospitality settings, such as bars (including shisha venues), pubs, cafes and restaurants must stay closed – although they are permitted to continue sales by takeaway, click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery services
  • accommodation such as hotels, B&Bs, campsites, and guest houses must close
  • indoor entertainment and tourist venues must close and this includes indoor play centres and areas, including trampolining parks and soft play
  • casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, amusement arcades and adult gaming centres, laser quests and escape rooms , cinemas, theatres and concert halls together with snooker halls cannot open
  • leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open, but group exercise classes (including fitness and dance) should not go ahead. Saunas and steam rooms should close
  • there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place
  • large outdoor events (performances and shows) should not take place, with the exception of drive-in events
  • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
  • avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey
  • for international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list

 Full regulations and guidance can be found on the government website.

Making your business COVID-secure

The Government has published guidance for businesses to help them trade safely and securely during the pandemic.

Sport and leisure

Except for elite sport, all organised sports activities - including junior sport – will no longer be able to take place.

Remember - ‘Hands. Face. Space.':

  • Hands – wash your hands regularly and for 20 seconds;
  • Face – wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult, and where you will come into contact with people you do not normally meet;
  • Space – stay 2 metres apart from people you do not live with where possible, or 1 metre with extra precautions in place (such as wearing face coverings or increasing ventilation indoors).


Anyone with coronavirus symptoms can get a test. Coronavirus symptoms are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

Get a free NHS test to check if you have coronavirus.

Financial support for residents during self-isolation

From 28 September 2020, you may be entitled to a Test and Trace Support payment of £500. This payment is designed to support you if you are on low income, if you will lose income as a result of self-isolating, and to encourage you to get tested if you have symptoms.

The scheme will last until 31 January 2021.

Financial support for businesses

Trafford Council is now inviting applications from Trafford based businesses that have been affected by local COVID-19 restrictions or the national lockdown.

COVID-19 outbreak management plan

Our outbreak plan sets out how we will prevent and manage outbreaks of COVID-19 across Trafford so that our residents and communities can live safely through the various phases of the pandemic.

It summarises the key roles and responsibilities for controlling COVID-19 in the borough and outlines our local response to the pandemic.

Trafford Community Response

Across the borough of Trafford, a community of charities, businesses, community groups and the Council have all come together to make sure you have the support you need during this challenging time. 

Trafford COVID-19 Facebook Live Q&A 

We were not able to respond to every submitted question during our live Q&A session on October 22, however we have provided answers to the outstanding questions. Please note, these answers were provided prior to the new national 1-month lockdown (5 Nov-2 Dec) announced on Saturday 31 October.

Latest news updates from Trafford Council

Shoppers urged to stay safe as retail reopens

As Trafford's high streets and shopping centres reopen following the latest national lockdown, the Council is reminding residents not to lower their guard against coronavirus and to continue to follow safety guidelines as they shop in the borough.

Trafford Council is taking action to ensure market is Covid-safe

Trafford Council is taking action to ensure the Government's strict Covid-safety measures are in place at Altrincham Market.

Free online live daily exercise classes for the people of Trafford

Trafford Leisure pledges to continue its popular free, online exercise classes, even when its centres reopen, to give everyone the opportunity to keep moving.
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Advice and information

Trafford Community Response Line

For help and support with food and medical supplies contact the Trafford Community Response Line on 0300 330 9073.

The line will be open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm

View details of the other community hubs in Greater Manchester 

Read more about the Community Response line

Benefits and Universal Credit

We are receiving a high volume of calls to do with Universal Credit. To help us to keep waiting times down, you can find lots of helpful information on the Government's coronavirus and claiming benefits web page.

Understanding universal credit

Bins and recycling

An increase in cases of coronavirus means we are not able to operate a full waste collection service.

Visit our bins and recycling home page for more information

Advice for businesses

We will be implementing a number of measures to support businesses during this time.

Visit our business home page for more information. 

Children and families

Trafford Directory has useful information for families including advice for families with children or young people with SEND

Visit the Trafford Directory for more information

Council Tax

We have announced our plans on how we will offer further financial support to our working age residents who already get some help towards their Council Tax bill.

Visit the council tax and benefits home page for more information.

Health advice

For most people coronavirus will be a mild infection. Follow government advice to protect the vulnerable and slow the spread of the virus. 

Visit our health advice page for more information 

Housing and homelessness

Our Housing Options Service Trafford (HOST) reception is currently closed. However you can still contact us on 0161 912 2230 (during office hours) and 0161 218 2000 (out of hours).

Visit our housing page for more information

Leisure centres

Move Urmston, Stretford Leisure Centre, Altrincham Leisure Centre and Sale Leisure Centre are now open, as well as Altrincham Golf Club.

Visit the Trafford Leisure website for more information


Trafford's libraries are now reopening - with measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Visit our libraries updates page for more information


There have been changes to parking penalty enquiries.

Visit our parking page for the latest updates

Parks and green spaces

Our parks and green spaces are staying open so you can relax and get some fresh air, while following the government’s social distancing guidance. 

Visit our parks and open spaces page for more information

Play areas and playgrounds

Playgrounds and play areas are now partially reopen.

Visit our parks and open spaces page for more information

Registrars: births, deaths and marriages

Trafford Register Office have re-commenced marriage ceremonies and civil partnership formations. 

Visit our Registrars update page for more information


All children and young people, in all year groups, will return to school and college full time from the beginning of the autumn term.

Visit our school closures page for more information

Testing for coronavirus

Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) can get a free test to check if they have the virus. Some people without symptoms can have the test too.

Visit the NHS website for more information

Travel information

Face coverings are required while using public transport in England.  

Visit the TFGM website for more information

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