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Covid Alert Level: National Lockdown - Stay at home

England is now in national lockdown.

For more information on current coronavirus guidance, click here

Coronavirus Guidance

National lockdown: Stay at Home

England is now in National Lockdown.

You must stay at home. Protect the NHS and save lives.

You can find out more on coronavirus guidance and the current restrictions here.

Burnley Council are encouraging residents of Burnley and Padiham to go and get a test even if you are not showing symptoms.

When booking a test it will ask if you have symptoms and if you click “no” it will ask a number of questions until it asks “why are you asking for a test?” and whether your local authority has asked you to get tested, at which point you should tick “yes” and an appointment will be made for you to be tested.

See below for local test sites.

Stay at Home government guidance

Coronavirus Testing Sites in Burnley

The community testing station on Centenary Way (opposite the bus station) in Burnley is now a permanent NHS-run testing station. (Operating hours: 8:00am – 8:00pm)

There will be a Mobile Testing Unit at King Street, Whitham Car Park (10:00am – 3:00pm) on these dates:

  • 11th to 13th (3 days)
  • 18th to 20th (3 days)
  • 27th to 29th (3 days)

This is operating appointments to people who have been showing symptoms. You can find more information about testing at or by phoning 119

Guidance if you're shielding

The Government have released additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people during coronavirus (COVID-19).

You can find the latest guidelines here.

Register for additional support

If you have a medical condition which means you are classed as being clinically extremely vulnerable to coronavirus, you can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else, to receive additional support using the link below.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

  •  a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

How to book a Coronavirus test

You can book a free test by:

When & How you will get your results

If you have had a test at a test site, it can take up to 48 hours to get your result. It may take up to 72 hours for a home test. You’ll get an email, text or call from the NHS Test and Trace service.

If you have any concerns about how long it is taking, please email

If your symptoms worsen then please contact your GP or call the NHS on 111 and if it is an emergency call 999

Test and Trace Self Isolation Payments and how to apply

Burnley residents on low incomes who need to self-isolate and are unable to work from home can now apply for the Government’s self-isolation payment scheme, worth £500. To learn more about the eligibility criteria, and to apply for the payment, please visit the following site:

Apply for a Self-Isolation Payment

If you are having trouble accessing this service through the digital link please call Burnley Council on 01282 425011 and a member of staff will be able to support you.

NOTE: The Government also introduced new fines for those breaching self-isolation rules will start at £1,000 – bringing this in line with the penalty for breaking quarantine after international travel – but could increase to up to £10,000 for repeat offences