New measures announced by the Prime Minister on 22 September

These are the latest announcements. We will add more details when we can. Some of the latest measures announced by the Prime Minister are already in place in West Lancashire as well as other measures. Please see the section 'New measures in place in West Lancashire from 22 September.

  • People should work from home wherever possible
  • From 24 September, facecoverings will be compulsory for retail staff and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink
  • Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations in retail, leisure, tourism and other sectors
  • From 28 September, people will be required by law to self-isolate when instructed to by NHS Test and Trace. Those on lower incomes who cannot work from home and have lost income as a result will be supported by a payment of £500. New fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000
  • From 28 September a maximum of 15 people may attend weddings, while 30 may attend funerals
  • From 28 September the "Rule of six" will apply to indoor team sports
  • Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be reopened from 1 October

New measures in place in West Lancashire from 22 September

Like other areas in the county special measures have been introduced in West Lancashire due to a rise in coronavirus cases.

The new local rules will start on Tuesday 22 September across West Lancashire to stop the disease spreading.

Please share the following regulations with family and friends so we can all keep safe:

  • We cannot have visitors inside our home or in our garden or visit anyone else at their home or garden, unless they are in our support bubble
  • The food and drink hospitality sector is limited to table service only
  • Pubs, clubs and other night time attractions must close between 10pm and 5am

The government is also advising us all to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work and to avoid attending amateur and semi-professional sporting events as spectators.

If you have a question about the new measures please visit our frequently asked questions page.

All other national guidelines are still in place, and we are still being advised to wash our hands regularly, keep our distance from others, wear facecoverings in enclosed public spaces and on public transport (unless we are exempt), and get tested if we have symptoms of coronavirus.

We can travel to work and go on holiday with our household members but the government is advising us to only do this with people we live with (or have formed a support bubble with). We need to follow any rules in the area we visit and be aware of the self-isolation rules when travelling to and from certain countries.

The measures will be monitored closely and reviewed on a weekly basis. The next steps will depend on the impact these measures have.

General coronavirus information

To see the latest Government updates on Coronavirus, visit

The UK is currently experiencing an outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). You are advised to keep yourself up to date with information about the latest spread of the virus and health guidance issued.

West Lancashire Borough Council wants to assure local people we have policies and business continuity plans in place to deal with the pressures presented by Coronavirus. We are constantly reviewing our plans and services against the daily guidance we are receiving from the Government. 

We also continue to receive updates from Public Health England and we are in regular contact with the Lancashire Resilience Forum. The Council will share and signpost key messages and advice across our website and social media to keep local people informed and safe in the coming months.

Lancashire Local Resilience Forum has the primary responsibility for planning for and responding to any major emergency, including a pandemic, in the county.

Please click on the relevant links below to find out more information;

Doctors of the World have created Coronavirus guidelines leaflets in different languages;

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