Step 3: Road out of Lockdown
On the 17th May we entered Step 3 on the Road out of Lockdown.
Indoor hospitality has open and we can now meet up to six people or two household inside. The governments message is still to work from home if possible.
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.
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)
Testing will no longer be provided from the Gannow Community Centre or Barden Boys’ and Girls’ Club but these sites will still supply home testing kits for anyone to access.
Rapid Covid-19 testing site is still available at:
- Central Methodist Church
This is opened to help protect essential and other workers who cannot work from home. The stations operate on a walk-in basis – no need for an appointment – and test results are available within around half an hour (no need to wait, the results will be sent to your phone).
The Government have released additional guidance for clinically extremely vulnerable people during coronavirus (COVID-19). Shielding will end on the 31st March 2021.
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
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 VTNTesting@lancashire.gov.uk
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:
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