While coronavirus cases are coming down in Bolton, rules must still be adhered to, says Dr Helen Lowey, Bolton Council's director of public health.

She said: "Covid-19 case rates are reducing in Bolton, however our rates remain high.

"We are seeing declining rates across England and it's encouraging to see both hospitalisations and the number of deaths due to Covid-19 falling. The rate of decrease does differ by regions.

"Despite this, and the government’s announcements of some easing of restrictions in the coming weeks, Covid-19 is still circulating within our community.

"The public health measures of social distancing, hand washing, wearing face coverings and ventilation remain critical. And for all businesses to put in place measures to reduce the risk of transmission for when staff are unable to work from home.

"Please do continue to reduce the number of contacts that you have, and if you can work from home, then please do. When in work, or out and about, try to stay at least 2m apart from other people, whether this is out for physical exercise, or shopping for essential items.

"Please continue to wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering where required to do so.

"By continuing with these measures in the months ahead we can hopefully bring rates down further - and allow a cautious and gradual easing of restrictions."