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This content was last updated on 21 June 2021.

Roadmap out of Lockdown

Government has announced a 4 step plan to ease lockdown in England.

We will update our website with further information about restrictions as they change. You can find out more information on these changes by visiting GOV.UK - National lockdown.

This page is accurate based on the information and guidance we have received from government. We will update this page with any further information we receive.

New advice issued for Lancashire, including Preston

The Delta variant of the coronavirus is spreading in Lancashire and Greater Manchester.

To help stop the spread, you should take particular caution when meeting anyone outside your household or support bubble.

Government has advised that residents:

  • Meet with others outside where possible
  • Keep 2 metres apart from those you don't live with (unless in a support bubble)
  • Consider if you can minimise travel in and out of the area (including other parts of Lancashire)
  • Continue to work from home if you can

It is important to get vaccinated as soon as you are eligible and get tested regularly. This page contains more information on where you can access vaccines and testing.

For the latest information from government visit GOV.UK - coronavirus restrictions what you can and cannot do.


Vaccines remain the best way to protect ourselves and those around us from the virus. It is important that everyone gets vaccinated as soon as they are able and gets both doses of the vaccine.

Eligible adults over the age of 18 living in Preston may now receive their first dose of the vaccine at St John's Shopping Centre. Adults who are unsure whether or not they are eligible should speak with staff at the vaccine centre.

Adults aged 25+ may also now book and appointment for their vaccine through the national booking system by visiting NHS - book coronavirus vaccination.

You can find answers to common questions and misinformation about vaccines in a range of languages by visiting British Islamic Medical Association - coronavirus vaccination.

Testing for coronavirus

Regular testing is important to identify new cases and to drive down the spread of the virus. You can now order free lateral flow testing kits BY visiting GOV.UK - coronavirus rapid lateral flow testing kit.

Please take a Lateral Flow Test twice a week and if positive book a PCR test immediately to confirm the result.

It is essential that you and your close contacts self-isolate for the full amount of time instructed following a positive test.

For the latest information on coronavirus testing in Preston, please visit see our section on coronavirus testing.

Latest restrictions

  • Some restrictions, specifically those around seeing people indoors and how businesses can operate, changed on May 17
  • Bars and restaurants may now reopen indoor hospitality with the rule of 6 in place
  • Indoor entertainment and attractions may reopen including cinemas, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, bingo halls and casinos
  • Indoor organised sporting activity (including gym classes) can take place
  • Weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events will be able to take place for up to 30 people - more information is available below
  • Funeral attendance will no longer be limited to 30 people, but will be determined by how many people the COVID-secure venue can safely accommodate with social distancing
  • All remaining accommodation can reopen with domestic overnight stays allowed

For more detailed information on what businesses may open, including what you need to do as a business owner see Covid-19 business support and advice

Meeting family and friends

You may now meet family and friends indoors including in private households. However, as Preston is experiencing a high number of new cases government have advised people to meet outdoors where possible.

The rule of 6 remains in place meaning you can meet:

  • In a group of up to 6 from any number of households (children of all ages count towards the limit of 6)
  • In a group of any size from up to two households (each households can include an existing support bubble, if eligible)
  • You may meet up to a maximum of 30 people outdoors

Social distancing

New guidance has been issued on meeting family and friends safely.

As Preston is experiencing a high number of new cases government have advised to remain 2 metres apart from people you don't live with, unless they are part of your support bubble.

Please exercise caution and where possible take steps to protect one another such as opening windows and taking a test before visiting others.


Organised indoor sport will be able to take place for all (this includes gym classes). This must be organised by a business, charity or public body and the organiser must take reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission.

For more information visit GOV.UK - grassroots sports guidance for the public and sport providers.

Support and childcare bubbles

For up-to-date information please visit the government's website below:

Communal worship

You can leave home to attend or visit a place of worship for communal worship, a funeral or event related to a death, a burial ground or a remembrance garden, or to attend a wedding ceremony. You should follow the guidance on the safe use of places of worship and must not mingle with anyone outside of your household or support bubble when attending a place of worship.

For more information visit, GOV.UK - guidance for the safe use of places of worship and special religious services and gatherings during the pandemic.

Weddings and funerals

The number of people permitted to attend weddings and funerals has increased. 

For more information on weddings and civil partnerhsips visit GOV.UK - Guidance for small marriages and civil partnerships.

For more information on funerals and linked commemorative events visit GOV.UK - guidance for arranging or attending a funeral during the coronavirus pandemic.


Government has advised residents minimise travel in and out of areas that are experiencing a high number of coronavirus cases. This includes Preston as part of Lancashire and also includes Greater Manchester.

You are allowed to travel further for work, education and other reasons such as volunteering, caring duties or for a family emergency.

All accommodation can open for overnight stays in England.

Please aim to minimise the number of journeys you take and where possible avoid busy times.

If you need to travel, walk or cycle where possible, and plan ahead and avoid busy times and routes on public transport. This will allow you to practice social distancing while you travel.

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

If you need to use public transport, you should follow GOV.UK - safer travel guidance for passengers.

Travel abroad remains prohibited with some exceptions. For more information visit GOV.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19): jobs that qualify for travel exemptions.

I've been asked to self-isolate, how do I get the support payment?

You may be asked to self-isolate for a number of reasons including a positive test for you, someone in your household, if you've been contacted by the NHS - Test and Trace service or whether you are experiencing coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

For more information on the importance of self-isolating as well as accessing the Test and Trace Support Payment for people on low income who are required to self-isolate please see self-isolating.

How can I report a Coronavirus concern?

If you are concerned about the implementation of COVID secure measures in a business, workplace or other public building please report this by using our online form:

Report a coronavirus concern

COVID-19 symptoms

For a comprehensive list of COVID-19 symptoms visit NHS - COVID-19.

If you are displaying these symptoms or feel unwell please get tested as soon as possible.

Where practical please avoid the use of taxis or public transport to attend a testing site.

Can I still access help?

Help for vulnerable people is still available via Preston Together.

Face coverings

For the latest guidance and exemptions visit GOV.UK - Face coverings - when to wear one and how to make your own.

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