FAQs

Updated 09.04.21 at 12:09

Read the government’s ‘Covid-19 Response – Spring 2021’. This sets out a four-step roadmap to ease restrictions across England and provide a route back to a normal way of life.

For businesses

For information about businesses please see our support for business section.

For residents

We understand that the measures to control the virus can be confusing and frustrating. Our Coronavirus page contains lots of information about the local restrictions, testing, Covid-19 related data, the Help Hub, support for business, support for residents, and schools information. Please check these pages for the latest updates.

What Council services are open?

Please see the Council services information.

What is a support bubble and who can make one?

Please see the Support bubble information on our Restrictions page.

What are the social restrictions?

People are able to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or with one other household.

People from different households will still need to socially distance from each other.

Indoor mixing is still not allowed.

Can I visit family and friends?

You should only visit family and friends if they are in your support bubble. You can meet one other person in a public outdoor space.

You can meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (the Rule of 6) or with one other household. This includes in private gardens. Indoor gatherings are still not allowed.

What about childcare?

See childcare.

Who is allowed in my home?

You must not meet people who you do not live with inside your home (except those in your support bubble). However, there are a number of exceptions to this rule listed below.

  • Official/registered tradespeople for work purposes as long as they follow national guidance on how to work safely
  • To provide emergency assistance
  • To attend a birth at the mother’s request
  • To visit a person who is dying
  • To fulfil a legal obligation
  • For work, volunteering or charitable purposes
  • For education or training purposes
  • For the purposes of childcare provided by a registered provider
  • To provide care or assistance to a vulnerable person
  • To facilitate a house move (this includes viewing a property)
  • To continue existing arrangements for access to, and contact between, parents and children where the children do not live in the same household as one or more of their parents.
Can I get a takeaway from a pub, restaurant or café?

Yes, if the venue is offering food and drinks to be consumed off the premises.

Should I use public transport or share a car?

Residents are advised to only use public transport for essential purposes, such as travelling to school or work. Face coverings must be worn unless exempt.

You are advised not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble, and to use public transport for essential journeys instead.

What about out-of-school and recreational sports activities?

See Sport and Physical Activity and attendance at school, colleges and clubs.

What information is there about covid-19 hospital activity?

You can read information published by the NHS on their website.

How do I report a business that is breaching the rules?

If you have concerns that a retail business, office or warehouse does not have proper social distancing precautions in place please email publicprotection@blackburn.gov.uk.

Please see the advice for businesses information.

How do I report a person that is breaching the rules?

Visit the Lancashire Constabulary website for information on reporting an incident.

Fines and enforcement

The police have a number of enforcement options including dispersing illegal groups and issuing fines to people aged 18 or over. You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

Businesses that don’t comply with the new rules are likely to receive a fixed penalty notice from the Council, starting at £1000 and then going to £2000, £4000 and £10,000 for each subsequent fixed penalty. If a business doesn’t pay the fixed penalty it will be taken to court. The penalty on conviction is an unlimited fine.