Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus rules just for Pendle

On 31 July, new regulations came into force in Pendle. They are law, and you can be fined if you don't follow them.

What can and can't we do?

  • You must not have visitors to your home, or your garden
  • You must not visit anyone else in their home or their garden
  • You cannot mix with other households in indoor venues like pubs and restaurants
  • You can still meet in public outdoor spaces, including outdoor seating or beer gardens, in groups of no more than 6 people, unless the group includes only people from 2 households
  • You can still meet in public spaces, like parks, where you can still meet up to 5 other people as long as you maintain social distancing
  • You can still travel to work
  • You can still go on holiday with your household members, but you must not travel to other parts of the county or country to meet up with other people
  • You also must not visit a care home, unless it is an exceptional circumstance

You can read more detailed guidance about what this local restriction means on GOV.UK.

There has been an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 in Pendle.

The overall rate and number of cases remains fairly low, but there are signs that the virus is being spread, including between family members who share the same household.

Other specific rules for Pendle

People in Pendle now have to follow a specific set of rules, to stop the virus from spreading, and prevent stricter measures being put in place:

  • Stay at home if you or anyone in your household has any symptoms of Coronavirus 
  • Wash your hands regularly using soap and water and carry hand sanitiser when you go out
  • Keep 2m distance from people not in your household
  • Avoid handshakes and embracing when meeting others 
  • Wherever possible, do your shopping online, pre-book appointments and use contactless payments
  • Wear a face covering in enclosed spaces including shops, supermarkets and public transport.

Face coverings

You must wear a face covering in enclosed spaces including shops, supermarkets and on public transport. 

From Saturday 8 August, you must also wear a face covering when visiting:

  • funeral directors
  • premises providing professional, legal or financial services
  • cinemas
  • theatres
  • bingo halls
  • concert halls
  • museums, galleries, aquariums, indoor zoos or visitor farms, or other indoor tourist, heritage or cultural sites
  • nail, beauty, hair salons and barbers - other than where necessary to remove for treatments
  • massage parlours.
  • public areas in hotels and hostels
  • places of worship
  • libraries and public reading rooms
  • community centres
  • social clubs
  • tattoo and piercing parlours
  • indoor entertainment venues (amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure activities such as laser quest, go-karting, escape rooms, heritage sites)
  • storage and distribution facilities
  • veterinary services
  • auction houses

Read the Government's guidance about face coverings.

Shops and businesses

  • All shops and businesses should display the maximum number of people allowed inside to maintain social distancing and keep customers safe. Please stick to the maximum number.

Getting tested for Coronavirus

Anyone in Pendle can now get tested for coronavirus

You do not need to have symptoms or have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Getting tested will help identify people who may not have symptoms but who have the virus. This helps to prevent coronavirus from spreading because those tested will know if they need to self-isolate.

Households with possible or confirmed coronavirus infection

if you have a possible or confirmed case of coronavirus in your household, you need to follow the Government's stay at home guidance, available in the following languages:

Households where grandparents, parents and children all live together

If you are in a household where grandparents, parents and children all live together, and where someone is at increased risk, or where there is possible or confirmed coronavirus, you need to follow the Government's guidance, available in the following languages: