As Greater Manchester is placed under tier 3 restrictions from tomorrow, Bolton residents will be subject to stricter rules to slow down the spread of coronavirus.

The city-region will be classed in the 'Very High' Covid alert level from 00.01am on Friday, with measures being enforced across the hospitality and leisure industries.

Rules surrounding interaction between different households will also be tightened.

From Friday, pubs and bars must close unless they can operate as a restaurant serving substantial meals. Alcoholic drinks can only be served alongside a meal.

The following leisure venues will close: adult gaming centres, bingo halls, betting shops, casinos, and soft play centres.

Residents must not socialise with anyone they do not live with indoors, in a private garden or in outdoor hospitality.

However, you will still be able to see people within your support bubble - where a single-adult household (including single parents) and a second household of any size join together - and childcare bubble.

Groups no larger than six people can meet in some outdoor public spaces, such as parks, in line with the rest of the country. However people are advised to reduce their number of contacts as much as possible. 

Travel outside of Bolton, or entering another area rated Very High other than for work, education or accessing youth services, or to meet caring responsibilities should be avoided.

It is also advised that people from Bolton avoid staying overnight in another part of the UK. Similarly those visiting from elsewhere are advised not to stay overnight in Bolton.