FAQs

Updated 07.01.21 at 14:35

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?

Blackburn with Darwen is in National Lockdown : Stay at Home. This means you must no leave or be outside of your home or garden except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as to go to work, to visit essential shops, for education, for childcare, to exercise.

You have leave home to visit people in your support bubble, or to provide informal childcare as part of a childcare bubble. You can continue to do unlimited exercise alone or in a public outdoor place with your household/support bubble, or with one other person.

Read more in our ‘Restrictions’ section.

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.

What about childcare?

You can get childcare support from:

  • registered childcare providers
  • professional childcare providers in the home such as nannies
  • people in a childcare bubble (parents are able to form a childcare bubble with one other household for the purposes of informal childcare, where the child is 13 or under)
  • people in a support bubble (some households will also be able to benefit from being in a support bubble)

You may change your support bubble provided that:

  • your household, or the one you intend to form a new support bubble with, meets at least one of the criteria under ‘Who can make a support bubble’
  • the other household is not already part of a support bubble which they intend to remain a part of

If you decide to change your support bubble, you should treat your previous bubble as a separate household for 14 days before forming a new bubble.

Friends or family you do not live with and are not part of a support or childcare bubble must not visit your home to help with childcare. Childcare bubbles are to be used to provide childcare only, and not to enable households to mix indoors otherwise.

Can I exercise with my friends?

You should only meet on your own with one other person in a public outdoor space.

You can exercise with people you live with or in your support bubble.

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.

Do I need to shield again?

Please read the restrictions section for advice on shielding and protecting those most at risk.

Can I still go to the gym and pool?

All gyms and pools are closed

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?

Only organised outdoor sport disabled people is allowed. Please follow the guidance for the relevant sporting governing body and speak to your sport organiser/coach.

For more information and support from Sport England visit - Coronavirus: what happens next? | Sport England

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. These are £200 for the first offence, lowered to £100 if paid within 14 days and; £400 for the second offence, then doubling for each further offence up to a maximum of £6,400

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.