Health and wellbeing Coronavirus

Gatherings and public events

Last updated 12.10pm Monday 3 August

Gatherings, public spaces, and outdoor activities

New Government restrictions

At 9pm on Thursday 30 July, the Government announced that people from different households will not be allowed to meet each other indoors in Greater Manchester from midnight.

This new guidance covers all 10 local authority areas in Greater Manchester, including Manchester. There is no set period for the new restrictions; the Government will review the situation in 1 week.

Why are the new restrictions in place?

The new restrictions have been brought in by the Government as a result of an increase in positive tests.

What does this mean?

The new restrictions mean:

  • You cannot meet people from other households in your home or garden. Household support bubbles are exempt
  • You cannot visit someone else’s home or garden, even if they live outside of the affected areas
  • You can only go to pubs, bars and restaurants with people you live with or your support bubble.
  • Up to two households (or six people from a number of households) may meet outdoors in public space with social distancing (not in gardens).
  • Places of worship and other settings with strict COVID secure arrangements remain open.
  • Try not to share a vehicle with those outside of your household unless it is part of a school or work bubble


People living inside and outside of Manchester can continue to travel in and out for work and you can still go to cafes, restaurants, the gym and other public places, but  this should be only done  with members of your own household – even if you are going outside of the restricted area.

Businesses should take steps to ensure people do not interact with people they do not live with, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance.

You can visit for the latest guidance on these restrictions.

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 in public outdoor places. You can’t visit friends or family inside their homes or gardens.

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 corona virus 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 and public spaces, you can visit for the latest guidance.

Visiting a clinically vulnerable person

People who are aged 70 and over, those with certain underlying health conditions and pregnant women are more vulnerable than others to COVID-19, so have been advised 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.

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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