Warrington is currently subject to the national restrictions: stay safe, stay local

More information about what this means for residents and businesses can be viewed on the government's website.


From 8 March, pupils from schools and colleges will return to face-to-face education in school and further education in England. Wraparound childcare, such as after-school clubs, can reopen.

Students in higher education studying practical courses can return on 8 March. Other courses will be reviewed from late April.

You can find more information on our education coronavirus update page.

Read the full guidance for parents, carers, students and teachers on the government's website.

Clinically extremely vulnerable

If you are clinically extremely vulnerable you should only go out for medical appointments, exercise, or if it is essential. You should not attend work.

Following the government’s announcement of the roadmap for easing restrictions, new national guidance will be in place for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people from 1 April, advising them that they no longer need to shield.

All CEV residents will receive a letter from the government advising them that the shielding guidance will be paused from next week, and providing new guidance on how to best to protect themselves: 

  • You should still work from home if you can. If this is not possible, you can return to your workplace as you will no longer be eligible for Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) on the basis of being advised to shield. However, your employer may still be able to furlough you under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
  • You are advised that if you do leave home to go to the shops or pharmacy, you should consider going at quieter times of the day a maintain a safe distance from others

Children and young people on the shielded patient list may also return to school, college, or other educational settings.

If you need support to safely stay at home during this time, find out more about our Safe and Well service and how we can support you.

Meeting others

Outdoor gatherings, including in private gardens, of either 6 people or 2 households are allowed. From 8 March, care home residents will be allowed one regular visitor.

What does this mean for businesses?

The national lockdown means that many businesses and venues must close, though some businesses can continue to operate with restrictions in place.

Don't forget the basics

  • Maintain excellent hand hygiene – wash or sanitise your hands regularly
  • Keep your distance – try and keep two metres away from people outside your household, or household support bubble, at all times
  • Wear a face covering where appropriate, unless exempt on health grounds, including on public transport and in shops