COVID-19 COVID-19 Enhanced Response Area update

The Government has announced that the whole of Greater Manchester, including Manchester, is going to be designated at an Enhanced Response Area (ERA).  

This is because COVID-19 cases are increasing, and we know that this is linked to the Delta variant of concern, first identified in India, which is easier to spread. We think it spreads 60% more easily than previous strains. 

ERA status will build on all the work we have already been doing and it also means that we should get extra support to deliver vaccinations and testing. 

Manchester is still open as usual for business – and if we all follow the rules, we'll be able to continue enjoying what the city has to offer. 

Meeting other people 

Take care and meet outdoors rather than indoors where possible. 

Hugging friends and family is allowed, but please consider the vulnerability of people you hug and the people they are in contact with. 

If you do meet indoors 

  • Keep the windows open and wipe surfaces clean regularly. 
  • Up to 6 people or two households can mix indoors.  
  • Up to 6 people or two households can stay overnight in somebody's home. 

Travel and work 

There is no travel ban, but people are asked to be careful.

Continue to work from home if you can. 

Avoid car sharing with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. 

Plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport, and walk or cycle where possible. 


You are advised to do the free twice-weekly rapid lateral flow testing, kits that are for people who do not have COVID-19 symptoms, at home and isolate if positive.  

Record your results -and if it is positive, please book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.  

Continue to follow the guidance


Take the vaccination when offered and make sure you get your second dose. If you have any questions please talk to your GP, who will want to help. 

Contact tracing and support to self-isolate   

We will be boosting our extra measures to bring more proactive help to those people who need to stay at home and self-isolate (including financial, emotional, social support, and helping with other issues like looking after pets) so that they do not need to break that isolation period 

This support will either be identified by the contact tracer, or people can seek help directly via Manchester’s Community Support Hub.  

If you are asked to self-isolate and need help and support with food, medical supplies or other COVID-related support call the Hub on Freephone: 0800 234 6123 or text: 078600 22876 or email, (Monday -Friday 9am - 5pm).   

Public health guidance 

Follow the rules about wearing a face covering in areas where it is compulsory.  

Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. 

Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions like wearing a face covering 

Wash your hands regularly and for at least 20 seconds. 

Visiting Manchester  

Manchester remains open for business with shops, hotels, bars and restaurants open to visitors in line with the Government's easing of restrictions on 17 May. 

Schools and colleges 

Pupils in schools and education settings should continue to wear face coverings in classrooms or communal areas.   

Pupils should continue to get a rapid flow test twice a week, even during school holidays.  

For more COVID-19 guidance

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