Coronavirus advice

Measures in England

On Wednesday 8 December the government announced that England will move to Plan B in response to the risks of the Omicron variant.

This means:

  • From 10 December, face coverings will be required by law in most indoor settings    
  • From 13 December office workers who can work from home should do so       
  • From 15 December, certain venues and events will be required by law to check that all visitors aged 18 years or over are fully vaccinated, have proof of a negative test in the last 48 hours, or have an exemption

The government has introduced measures for England to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Omicron variant. These measures are in place from Tuesday 30 November 2021.

These measures are:

  • Face coverings are compulsory in shops and settings such as banks, post offices and hairdressers, as well as on public transport unless individuals are exempt from doing so. 
  • All international arrivals must take a PCR test by the end of the second day after arrival and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. The PCR tests are available online from private providers.
  • All contacts of suspected Omicron cases must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status. They will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Coronavirus remains a serious health risk. You should stay cautious to help protect yourself and others. 

  • If you think you have symptoms stay at home and take a PCR test
  • Get vaccinated
  • Wear face coverings in crowded places 
  • Meet outside, or open windows and doors when you have indoor visitors
  • Wash your hands with soap regularly, and for at least 20 seconds 


Since 8 March all children and students have returned to school or college. Secondary aged pupils (year 7 and above) should take part in regular asymptomatic testing. Tests are also available for the households of school pupils and school staff.

Read more about the government’s advice about early years, schools and colleges.

On Monday 11 October, we introduced new advice for schools to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 within schools.

Businesses and venues

Visit the government website to access advice for businesses.

All businesses should follow the principles set out in the working safely guidance.

We can support you 

For help and support with food and medical supplies contact the Trafford Community Response Line on 0300 330 9073. The line is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm.

For more help and advice visit our coronavirus information website page.

Latest news and updates from Trafford Council

Translate these web pages into various languages

You can translate all of our coronavirus information and advice into 36 of the most widely spoken languages using our 'Browsealoud' function, accessed by clicking on the Browsealoud icon at the bottom of every web page.