Public health leadership broadcasts

You can watch all of our Public Health Leadership broadcasts on YouTube.

Please note - Guidance, restrictions and regulations are subject to change and the information in older broadcasts was correct at the time. Please make sure you watch the most recent broadcast for the most up to date advice.

Warrington to move into tier 2

When the national restrictions are lifted, Warrington will become a tier 2 ‘high alert’ level area from Wednesday 2 December.

Council to offer support grant to town’s taxi drivers

Warrington Borough Council is to offer a coronavirus support grant to the town’s 700 taxi drivers, with the trade continuing to see low passenger numbers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Public health leaders thank residents for sticking to the rules

The latest verified figures, for the week up to 14 November, confirm there were 599 new coronavirus cases. This is the first time the number of weekly cases has fallen below 600 since early October.


Council launches support for businesses

From Thursday 12 November, Warrington businesses – including those who have had to close, along with those who are struggling - will be able to apply for funding. 


Public health leaders remind residents of new restrictions

Our public health leaders are reminding residents about the new laws in place to reduce social contact, and the closure of non-essential businesses and venues from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December.


Council and hospital launch people’s data dashboard

The council, in partnership with Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, has launched a public data dashboard which details the latest coronavirus-related figures in the town.


Stay safe this Bonfire Night

Warrington Borough Council is urging residents to celebrate Bonfire Night in a different way on 5 November.

This year, public firework displays will not be going ahead across the UK due to coronavirus restrictions, in order to avoid further spread of the virus.


Update to venue closures

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that there will be new national restrictions in place from Thursday 5 November, the previously confirmed list of indoor venues that were due to close from today, Monday 2 November, will now close in line with the national restrictions.


Council confirms full list of tier 3 closures

Following the publication of regulations for Warrington, which state that some indoor entertainment venues i.e. casinos, betting shops, adult gaming centres and soft play centres must close, we have have discussed further closures of other settings with the government, in an attempt to bring down the number of cases of coronavirus in the town.


A spooky but safe Halloween

Residents are asked to have a ‘spooky but safe’ Halloween this year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic and Warrington’s impending tier 3 restrictions.


Stay safe this half term

Residents are being urged to stay safe and protect themselves and others by enjoying half term responsibly, as Warrington moves into tier 3 restrictions.


Warrington to move into tier 3 on Tuesday

Warrington is set to become a ‘very high risk’ local COVID alert area, tier 3, from 00.01am on Tuesday 27 October.


Council secures tier 3 coronavirus support package for Warrington

We have secured £5.9 million in coronavirus support from the government as part of its move from a ‘high risk’ tier 2 area, to a ‘very high risk' tier 3 area.


Council and government in discussion over tier 3 proposal for Warrington

Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, has reflected on positive initial discussions held between the council and government over the prospect of Warrington becoming a ‘very high risk' (tier 3) local COVID alert area.


Take care this weekend

Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden and Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead MBE, are reminding residents to take care this weekend, in light of the continued high number of coronavirus cases in the town.


Warrington confirmed as 'high risk' area

Warrington has been confirmed as being a 'high risk' area in the new national three-level coronavirus alert system, but no new restrictions are currently planned for the town.


Councils request further coronavirus support and resources

Councils across Cheshire have written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to request additional resources and measures to deal with COVID-19.


Further restrictions announced for Warrington

Additional restrictions in Warrington and Merseyside have been announced in response to a continued high number of cases of coronavirus in the region.


Leader appeals to government to work closely with council on coronavirus response

Leader of the Council, Cllr Russ Bowden, has appealed to government to work closely with the council before making further decisions on coronavirus restrictions.


Warrington’s public health leaders explain current coronavirus restrictions

Our cabinet member for public health, Cllr Maureen McLaughlin, and Director of Public Health, Thara Raj, have clarified what the current guidance means for Warrington, following recent local and national announcements.


New NHS COVID-19 app launched

Residents and businesses are being urged to play their part to protect their family and friends by downloading the new NHS COVID-19 app.


New coronavirus restrictions for Warrington

Strict new measures in Warrington have been announced, in response to the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the borough.


Region's Directors of Public Health express deep concern over lack of COVID-19 testing capacity

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases across Cheshire and Merseyside. Cases in the sub-region are increasing at such a rapid pace that Merseyside has now been identified as an area of concern on the national government watchlist.


Warrington residents urged not to visit other households

In a bid to contain the transmission of coronavirus, and to help drive down the number of cases in the town, our public health leaders are appealing to residents not to visit other households.


Residents urged to protect themselves and others

We are urging residents to think about the impact of coronavirus on other people, as well as the risk to themselves, as confirmed case numbers rise.


Support for schools with confirmed cases of coronavirus

We're working closely with schools in the borough to manage confirmed cases of coronavirus within education settings.


Leadership statement – coronavirus testing

The number of positive cases in Warrington have increased, and the latest figures reveal a sustained, upwards trend, with cases confirmed in pubs, hospitality settings, and schools.

Our Chief Executive, Professor Steven Broomhead and Council Leader, Cllr Russ Bowden, have made a statement reagarding issues with testing availability locally.

Please only get a test if you have coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to get tested. This will help make sure people who need a test can get one.

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first five days of having symptoms.


Residents urged to 'look out for one another' following increase in cases

Our public health leaders are urging residents to think about the impact of coronavirus on other people, as well as the risk to themselves, as case numbers have risen again over the last seven days.

Cases of the virus have increased to 29 over the latest, confirmed seven-day period. While the number of positive cases in the town has gone up and down, the latest figures reveal a gradual, but more sustained, upwards trend of cases.


Warrington schools re-open

From September, Warrington schools will welcome children and young people back to classrooms for the start of the new school year.

Schools and colleges will be open for students across all year groups, with safety measures in place to help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus.


Coronavirus cases down in Warrington

Our public health leaders have expressed their thanks to residents for helping to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in the town.

After reports last week showed that there had been a sudden spike in cases, the latest confirmed seven-day figures show a decrease to 13 new cases.


Easing restrictions paused

Following an announcement made on Friday 31 July, some measures to ease restrictions in England which were meant to come into play on 1 August, have been pushed back for at least a fortnight.

This includes:

  • Indoor venues such as casinos and bowling alleys, which were due to reopen, will remain shut
  • Indoor theatres and concerts, which were initially planned to reopen with socially distanced audiences, won’t reopen yet
  • Some sporting events that were planning to pilot limited numbers of spectators will not go ahead
  • Wedding receptions with up to 30 guests can’t yet happen

You will now have to wear a face covering in more places, including museums, galleries, cinemas and places of worship, alongside public transport and shops. Read the full list of where you need to wear a face covering on the gov.uk website.


Feeling unwell? Get tested

If you have any coronavirus symptoms (new, persistent cough, high temperature, loss of normal taste/ smell) or just generally don’t feel well, it’s so important to book a test.


Shielding restrictions lifted

People in Warrington who are classed as 'clinically extremely vulnerable' no longer need to shield. It's still so important to be extra cautious if you're planning on heading out and about. People who were shielding from the virus are at increased risk of becoming very unwell if they catch coronavirus.


Restrictions in Greater Manchester and parts of Lancashire and Yorkshire

There are currently additional restrictions across the whole of Greater Manchester, parts of East Lancashire and West Yorkshire. 

Although these restrictions don’t apply to Warrington, it is a warning to remain extra cautious when planning to go outside, given that there are areas of Greater Manchester that share a border with Warrington, such as Trafford, Salford and Wigan - where people may have friends and family.


Residents urged to protect themselves and others as cases rise

The latest coronavirus figures for Warrington show 120 new confirmed cases in the last seven days. This increase shows a sustained, upwards trend, with cases confirmed in pubs, hospitality settings, and schools.

New rules restricting social gatherings to a maximum of six people will come into place in England from Monday 14 September.

People are also being asked to reduce the spread of transmission by

  • washing your hands regularly and for 20 seconds
  • wearing a face covering in settings where social distancing may be difficult
  • keeping your distance from people you do not live with where possible

Warrington is defined as a 'high risk' area


Additional restrictions for Warrington

The new restrictions for Warrington, in addition to the existing measures, are:

  • Residents will be restricted from mixing with people outside their household in any indoor setting by law, including restaurants, bars and other public venues (COVID-secure schools and workplaces do not apply)
  • People are also advised not to meet people outside their household, or support bubble, in any outdoor setting, including parks, outdoor events or pub gardens

New laws in place to support self-isolation

The Government has announced that, from 28 September in England, there will be a new legal duty on all those who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified by NHS Test and Trace as a close contact, requiring them to self-isolate. 

Self-isolation is critical in stopping the spread of coronavirus. It helps to ensure that those infected with the virus, and their close contacts, remain at home and stop virus transmitting to other people. Fines will be introduced for those breaking the self-isolation law and people can also get financial support if they are asked to self-isolate.


Residents are now being urged not to visit other households

In a bid to contain the transmission of coronavirus, and to help drive down the number of cases in the town, Warrington’s public health leaders are appealing to residents not to visit other households.

There is clear evidence to show that households are the most likely setting for the virus to spread, so residents should avoid visiting other people at home, including visiting people in private gardens, unless you have formed a household support bubble.


New coronavirus restrictions for Warrington

Strict new measures in Warrington have been announced, in response to the sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the borough.


Region's public health directors express concern over lack of testing capacity

There has been a dramatic increase in the number of coronavirus cases across Cheshire and Merseyside. 

 

We will update this page with the latest guidance and links to information.