Coronavirus (Covid19)

We are in the midst of a global pandemic. The effects on all of us will be profound and serious. The LCA is concerned about the impact of the Covid19 coronavirus on our community. This page will be used to provide information and advice.

This main page provides a comprehensive listing of official documents and advice and range of other support and information.

Please also see the drop down menu at the top of the page for dedicated information on:

Further updates will be made as information and advice changes.

4 January 2021 UPDATE

Please see HERE for a summary of the new lockdown rules introduced on 4 January.

22nd September 2020 UPDATE

  • Please see HERE for a summary of the new national restrictions and the difference between those and the Manchester local lockdown restrictions.

31st July 2020 UPDATE

  • Please see HERE for guidance on the local lockdown restrictions applicable to Manchester.

Sections on this page

  • Emergency measures
  • Advice in translation
  • Official advice
    • NHS advice and information
    • UK government advice and information
    • World Health Organisation advice and information
    • Manchester City Council advice and information
    • Greater Manchester Combined Authority advice and information
  • Community Support
    • Getting support as an extremely vulnerable person
    • Manchester Community Response Helpline
    • NHS Community Responders
    • Levy Corona Helpers
    • Gorton Corona Helpers
    • Levenshulme Good Neighbours
    • The Silverline
    • Covid19 UK Community Hub
    • Alzheimer’s Society
    • AgeUK
    • Mental Health organisations and support
    • Citizens’ Advice
    • RSPCA
    • Afzal Khan MP

Emergency Measures from 23rd March 2020

The government has introduced new emergency measures from 23rd March. The key requirements that all citizens MUST comply with are:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

A more detailed list of businesses that must close and those businesses and services that can remain open is available HERE

Advice in Translation

Doctors of the World have developed Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for patients in 34 languages. These were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice. The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information.

The advice is available in 34 languages: English, Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Armenian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Czech, Dari, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Greek, Hindi, Italian, Hungarian, Kurdish Sorani, Lithuanian, Malayalam, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Pashto, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Russian, Romanian, Sindhi, Slovak, Spanish, Somali, Tigrinya, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese.

You can find all files HERE on the Doctors of the World website or HERE in our Resources section.

Official Advice

NHS advice and information

UK Government advice and information

  • Government travel advice
  • published 4 February by Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • updated 21 February, 26 February, 2 March, 6 March, 9 March, 10 March, 12 March, 15 March, 17 March, 18, March, 23 March, 30 March

How to protect yourselves and others

Employment and financial support

Businesses and other organisations

Healthcare Workers and Carers

School closures, education and childcare


How coronavirus is affecting public services


Crime, justice and the law

Driving and transport

Housing and local services

How you can help

Coronavirus cases in the UK

World Health Organisation

Manchester City Council advice and information

Greater Manchester Combined Authority advice and information

Community Support

Get support as an extremely vulnerable person

Register if you have a medical condition that makes you extremely vulnerable to coronavirus. For example, you’ll be able to ask for help getting deliveries of essential supplies like food. If you’re not sure whether your medical condition makes you extremely vulnerable, register anyway. You can register yourself, or on behalf of someone else. If you know it, it’s useful to have your NHS number to hand. You can find it on any letter the NHS has sent you or on a prescription.

Manchester Community Response Helpline

Get help – 0800 234 6123

Manchester City Council can provide help you if you are:

  • over the age of 70, are self isolating and have no support network,
  • if you have received a letter from the NHS advising you are high risk, or
  • you are medically vulnerable according to the government criteria.

Get can help with things like:

  • Delivery of food
  • Delivery of medication
  • Combating loneliness
  • Managing fuel top-up payments

Help is also be available for other reasons, for example if you are a carer, care leaver or young carer.

NHS Volunteers Responders

The government is setting up a NHS Volunteer Responder Service, hoping to recruit 250,000 people to do simple but vital tasks such as:

  • delivering medicines from pharmacies;
  • driving patients to appointments;
  • bringing them home from hospital;
  • or making regular phone calls to check on people isolating at home.

The NHS Volunteer Responders Service is not intended to replace local groups helping their vulnerable neighbours but is an additional service provided by the NHS. You can become an NHS Volunteer Responder and join the NHS’s trusted list of volunteers by clicking HERE

Levy Corona Helpers

A new Facebook group to help our Levenshulme community during the Covid19 crisis. The group is to share ideas and offer support to each other during this difficult time, particularly to those who are self isolating. If you would like to help click HERE to go to the Facebook group page and then ask to join or search Facebook groups for “Levy Corona Helpers“.

Gorton Corona Helpers

A new Facebook group helping Gorton people through this difficult time. If you would like to help click HERE to go to the Facebook group page and then ask to join or search Facebook groups for “Gorton Corona Helpers“.

Levenshulme Good Neighbours

Levenshulme Good Neighbours is a local charity that helps older people to lead independent and fulfilling lives as active members of their community.

The Silver Line

The Silver Line is a confidential, free helpline for older people (over 55 years old). It is open 24 hours a day. The Silver Line Helpline is 0800 4 70 80 90

Covid19 UK Community Hub

A Facebook group for the UK community to connect and be informed in order to protect each other from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alzheimer’s Society

Coronavirus: Information for people affected by dementia.


Information about Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mental Health organisations and support

A list of organisations providing mental health support and advice in Manchester, online and by phone.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice understand that we can all face problems that seem complicated or intimidating. At Citizens Advice we believe no one should have to face these problems without good quality, independent advice. That’s why we’re here: to give people the knowledge and the confidence they need to find their way forward – whoever they are, and whatever their problem.

Greater Manchester Law Centre Covid19 Survival Guide

Greater Manchester Law Centre has developed a guide to support residents and support organisations to assist people through the current health emergency.

This guide will be updated regularly as the situation develops. This version is correct to 3rd April 2020. A downloadable version of the guide is available here


How to care for your pets if you’re ill or have to self-isolate due to Coronavirus.

Afzal Khan MP

A message on Coronavirus from Afzal Khan MP. He has also made a video in Urdu, available HERE.