Health and wellbeing Coronavirus

Gatherings and public events

Last updated 1.52pm Monday 1 June

Gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities

From 1 June, the government guidance was updated for England and there are a limited number of things you can do now that you couldn't do before including:

  • spend time outdoors, including private gardens and other outdoor spaces, in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
  • visit car showrooms and outdoor markets
  • in line with the arrangements made by your school, send your child to school or nursery if they are in early years, reception, year 1 or year 6, if you could not before
  • if you are an elite athlete as defined by this guidance, train and compete using the specified gyms, pools and sports facilities you need - which will, in the coming weeks, we hope enable others to watch live sport on TV

At all times, you should continue to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, particularly ensuring you are two metres away from anyone outside your household.

You can't:

  • visit friends and family inside their homes
  • stay overnight away from your own home, except for in a limited set of circumstances, such as for work purposes
  • exercise in an indoor sports court, gym or leisure centre, or go swimming in a public pool
  • use an outdoor gym or playground
  • gather outdoors in a group of more than six (excluding members of your own household)

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Spending time outdoors 

Staying at home and limiting your contact with others is still the best way to stay safe and help to avoid spreading the virus. 

From 1 June, the government’s amended guidance for England, meaning you can now spend time outdoors and meet in groups of up to six people. 

You should always stay alert and always practise social distancing with people from outside of your household keeping 2 metres apart. 

The more interactions you have with people, the more chance the virus has to spread. So try to limit the number of people you see - especially over short periods of time.

If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, for example if you have been contacted as part of the test and trace programme, you should stay at home - this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.

For more information and advice about meeting friends in parks, public spaces and household gardens, visit or read more about our parks

Visiting a clinically vulnerable person

People aged 70 and over, those with certain underlying health conditions and pregnant women are more vulnerable than others to COVID-19, so have  advised them to take particular care to avoid contact with others.

That means you can see them outdoors but need to be especially careful. You can visit a vulnerable person inside if you are providing care or assistance to them, you should follow the advice set out for volunteers. You should not do so if you have coronavirus symptoms, however mild.

Wherever possible, you should stay at least 2 metres away from others, use a tissue when sneezing and dispose of it safely, cough into the crook of your elbow and wash your hands for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitiser if washing facilities are not easily available.

If someone is defined as clinically extremely vulnerable and being asked to shield, you should follow the guidance for a shielded person as this is different to those that are vulnerable.

Continuing to observe Social Distancing

Government advice says we should all be taking action to reduce social interaction and limit contact between people in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This is called ‘social distancing’.

We should:

  • avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature/or new and continuous cough and a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste
  • avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
  • work from home, where possible.
  • avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Keep in touch using remote technology such as the phone, internet, and social media
  • use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

While the 'social distancing' advice applies to everybody, Government are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following the social distancing measures, particularly if you:

  • are over 70
  • have an underlying health condition
  • are pregnant

See more government advice


The Premier League have suspended games until further notice, meaning no home games for Manchester City FC or Manchester United FC.

  • The Manchester Marathon has been postponed.
  • All British Cycling sanctioned events through to end of April cancelled
  • Nagar Kirtan Sikh Parade 3rd May - postponed until later in year
  • Student Social 30 April, cancelled
  • GobeFest,  26 - 28 June, cancelled

Youth and community centres

  • City in the Community activities are suspended
  • Barlow Moor Community Association - closure of all youth sessions
  • Wythenshawe Youth Alliance - youth bank event cancelled
  • Young Shakespeare theatre sessions have ceased all activity
  • Millenium Powerhouse - closed for all activities.
  • Hideaway - closed for all activities.

If you are concerned about whether an event you are attending is affected, please check with the individual venues.

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